Harrisonburg schedules parade to celebrate JMU's national championship

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- On Sunday, the JMU football team took home its second Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national championship, beating Youngstown State 28-14.

Following the historic victory, the city of Harrisonburg is partnering with the university to host a parade on Saturday, January 14, for people all around the area to celebrate.

According to a joint press release from Harrisonburg and JMU, the parade will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with JMU's football team and coaching staff, the Marching Royal Dukes, and the cheerleaders marching from Water Street to the courthouse steps in Court Square.

There, local dignitaries and university representatives will give brief remarks.

“We are so proud of the football team and our neighbor Dukes,” explained Mayor Deanna Reed. “The JMU community is a part of us as a city and is a great asset and partner to the city. We are ecstatic that they have brought back a second football national championship to Harrisonburg.”

Everyone is encouraged to attend and fill downtown Harrisonburg with purple and gold. Businesses in downtown and throughout Harrisonburg are also invited to show their support of the Dukes.

“We are excited to celebrate this national championship with the community,” said JMU Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne. “The ongoing community support for our athletics program is key to our success year after year.”

WHSV's David DeGuzman and Janson Silvers were in Frisco, Texas, for the championship game. You can watch their coverage [ here ].

In addition, the mayors of Harrisonburg and Youngstown placed a friendly bet ahead of the game, which Mayor Deanna Reed won. You can learn all about that wager [ here ].

The parade will take place rain or shine, but, in case of adverse weather, a final decision will be made on Friday the 13th.

Drivers are reminded that Main Street from Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to Elizabeth Street, and Court Square will be closed from approximately 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Parking on Main Street, along with parking in the public lot across from Newman Avenue, will be prohibited after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.