INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) - It was a sea of black and gold Friday in Downtown Indianapolis, as thousands of Boilermaker fans packed the streets to show their Purdue spirit.
"It's great,” Purdue fan Wendell Wolka said. “It's too bad we didn't do this 30 years ago. The fans have always been here but it always seemed to be IU's backyard.”
"Oh I thought it was really exciting,” Purdue fan Linda Wolka said. “It was a lot of fun to come down here and mingle with all of the Purdue fans and meet the team."
"We just thought we'd come on out and join the party. It's the sendoff tailgate for Purdue,” Purdue fan Denny Metzger said. “We set up the tailgate that we do every game at Slayter Hill and we're just having fun!"
Fans said with a new coach coming in this year, they're more excited than ever for a new season to start.
"It's always good to see Coach Hazzell and the football team,” Purdue fan Allen Milburn said. “I think that's what it's all about. They need to know that we support them. That was my highlight.”
"This will be a great way to get back to where we need to be,” Wolka said.
"It's hard to describe,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. “We have thousands of Boilermakers and Boilermaker fans who came out. Nobody ever tried this before. We might have a new tradition on our hands."
The trees is up and the decorations are set. Visitors are getting a special look at the Haan Mansion as Christmas approaches.
Several generations gathered Saturday to remember a day that will live in infamy. The day marked 72 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Downtown Lafayette transformed into a scene right out of Victorian England Saturday for Dickens of a Christmas.