WASHINGTON — Alabama football fanatics were among the first to throw themselves into a sea of blue, red and white, chanting, “We’re in the streets!”
The Crimson Tide, winners of three straight national championships, took to the streets of downtown Dixie this morning in what the Associated Press dubbed the “Dixie Day” for the first time in school history.
A few thousand fans took part in the parade, which was in honor of former Alabama football coach Mack Brown, who died this week at the age of 96.
The parade was organized by a group called Dixie Rising, which claims to be the largest gathering of Crimson Tide fans in the nation.
“I think they are trying to show support for Coach Brown and that the program was so successful he will always be remembered,” said Dixie Rise member and Crimson Tide fan Joe Mather.
“The players, coaches, coaches and administrators are all there.
I think it’s a great show of support.”
A few hundred people attended the parade at the stadium, and the crowds grew as people arrived and left.
“They are here to support us,” said Kyle Davis, a Dixie rising member who said he is from Texas and is an avid football fan.
“This is for all of us.”
Alabama fans, who have long been a major part of the university’s support for the team, were the first ones to make their way onto the parade route, which ran up the street from the Alabama Athletics Center to the stadium.
As they got closer to the rally spot, the crowd started chanting, “#DixieDude.”
The Dixie Day Parade is one of many events planned to mark the 60th anniversary of Brown’s death, including a march on Capitol Hill and a celebration at the Capitol for Brown.
The rally at the Dixie Dudes stadium was held at 2:00 p.m., but there were some lines forming.
As the crowd began to form, one fan stood in the middle of the crowd.
“You’ve got to go, sir,” he yelled at a line of people waiting for a line to form to be formed for him to get through.
“If you don’t go, I’m going to beat you up.”
As the march got closer, some of the people waiting on a line for a leader began shouting, “Go!” and “DIE!
DIE!” to the line of waiting people.
Another line formed, and people were now chanting, “(expletive) you, you don,t know what you’re talking about.”
A line of Alabama fans gathered to march on the Capitol Hill, and a line formed at the end of the Capitol Circle, which led to a line forming for a man to get past the line, as a line was forming for him.
Some Alabama fans started screaming, “D-E-N-I-C-T!” at the lines forming, and some shouted, “No, no, no!” to some of those behind them.
One man yelled, “Get out of here, get out of my stadium!”
As the Alabama fans began to get closer to a larger line, some began to yell, “You are stupid!
You are stupid!” and others yelled, “(Expletive).
We’re in Dixie!”
The crowd then began to sing the Alabama anthem.
A line formed for a Alabama fan to get around, and then some people shouted, “(Singing) D-E (expletives)!” and another line formed.
Alabama fans chanted, “All the way!” and a second line formed around a Crimson Tide banner.
At one point, a large line formed on the street to allow Alabama fans to get to the Capitol and a banner was seen being unfurled.
The crowd chanted “All we need is Dixie.”
A man standing on a busch restaurant’s sidewalk was asked to leave by the crowd, and another Alabama fan yelled, “[Expletives].”
Another Alabama fan then yelled, “‘You’re going to be a better person than me, you’re going ’bout a better man.'”
A large Alabama fan was asked if he was a Crimson T-shirt.
“Yes, I am,” he replied.
“I’m wearing the Crimson Tide shirt.”
As people got closer and closer to Capitol Hill’s famous “D” sign, they began chanting, “[expletivized]” to the crowd on the sign.
A woman in a red shirt who was not in the crowd was then asked to step back.
The man on the busch’s sidewalk told her to go and “take a nap.”
“I got a call from someone who said, ‘You got a lot of kids,'” said a woman on the sidewalk who asked not to be identified.
“Somebody was asking them, ‘Do you have a problem?’
The kids just wanted to be around and not see that.”