Mississippi State University will hold a parade to honor the 2021 Diamond Dawgs on their championship win at the College World Series.
The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The route will begin at Little Dooey and run along University Drive, ending at Dudy Noble Field. Fans are welcome to attend and encouraged to tailgate along the parade route, according to an MSU press release. The event will conclude with a public celebration inside Dudy Noble.
Gates for the celebration will open at 2:30 p.m. and seating will be on a first come first serve basis. Concession stands will not be open, but fans can bring personal coolers, snacks and beverages inside the stadium.
“The ceremony at Dudy Noble Field will begin approximately 45 minutes following the parade and will honor head coach Chris Lemonis and his 2021 National Champion Diamond Dawgs who bested Vanderbilt in the three-game championship series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska this week,” Associate Athletics Director of Communications Brandon Langlois said in a press release Wednesday night.
Free parking is available on campus.
While the MSU Athletic Department is hosting the event, Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said this parade is an opportunity for the city of Starkville to honor the baseball team on the university’s first ever national championship.
“They are champions,” Spruill said. “All that they have done has made us so proud and so delighted that Starkville is home for them and that Mississippi State University is part of our community. We look forward to all of the successes and celebrations in the coming days.”
Further details on Friday’s events will be released throughout the week on HailState.com and social media.