TAMPA, Florida- It was a sea of gold and purple Tuesday as Iowa and LSU fans lined the streets of Tampa's historic 7th Avenue in Ybor City for the annual Outback Bowl Parade.
Marching bands from 15 high schools across the country joined in the festivities along with both college bands and cheerleading squads.
The parade was followed by a pep rally to get already feisty fans geared up for the New Year's Day bowl game at Raymond James Stadium.
"We are terribly excited after the team going 4 and 8," said Jane Kindred of Iowa City. "We root for them thick and thin and now they're 8 and 4 this year."
Many fans say they were also excited about Tampa's evening temperature in the upper 60's versus the 10 degree temperature back home.
"We went to the beach yesterday. Back home they're shoveling snow!"
Late Tuesday, fans from both schools joined locals to ring in 2014 with the annual fireworks display along the water in downtown Tampa's Channelside District.
Wednesday's Outback Bowl begins at 1:00pm and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
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