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Villanova Announces Plans For Friday Parade, Cancels All Classes

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Let's party.

Villanova University has announced plans for a parade on Friday, April 8, in Philadelphia. The parade will start at 1:00 p.m., beginning at 20th and Market Streets and ending at Dilworth Park.

The mayor's office says Villanova will foot the bulk of the estimated $22,000, Philadlephia mayor Jim Kenney:

"From my perspective, if we have something downtown, there's going to be an awful lot of suburbanites coming in on regional rail, having lunch and dinner and drinks."

Kenney says the city offered to host and Villanova accepted, he says the celebration at the newly renovated Dilworth Park with city hall as a backdrop will be a great advertisement for the city.


On Wednesday, the university announced that classes for the school and the law school will be cancelled on Friday.

"It's been an exciting couple of days for the Villanova community," said Villanova President, Father Peter Donohue. "To allow all members of our community to attend, the University and Law School will be closed Friday and all classes are canceled. I encourage all in our community to come to the parade to celebrate or team and their remarkable accomplishment."

Villanova is working with SEPTA to make one-day passes available for sale to Villanova faculty, students and staff.


KYW Newsradio's Jim Melwert contributed to this report.


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