Close Gamecock Fans Celebrate at the National Champions Parade Thousands lined Main Street in downtown Columbia to hail their heroes. Lana Harris, wltx 12:23 AM. EDT April 10, 2017 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A big crowd packed downtown Columbia on Sunday to celebrate the Gamecock women's basketball team's national championship win. "Our women's basketball team, led by the greatest coach in this United States, Miss Dawn Staley, are the 2017 women's basketball national champs," exclaimed Gamecock fan Chris Young. Young said he knew this would happen all along. "I woke up before the season started and said, 'this is the year, we're going to bring it home,'" Young said. Fans like Pat Tipton came from all over to celebrate the national champions.. "We drove all the way from Fayetteville, North Carolina to be here with them," said fan Andrena Cooper. Cooper and her daughter Brittany say even getting their championship shirts took a trip. "I could not find any gamecocks shirts in Fayetteville, so we drove an hour and a half to Florence just to get our shirts," Cooper said. Fans say they've been waiting a while for this. "We've been coming to basketball games when there were less than 500 people in the stands," laughed Faye Burton. The crowd's excitement could not be contained. Out of all the emotions swimming through the sea of garnet and black fans say one of the biggest has got to be pride. "This is the number one thing in the state right now," Tipton said. "We love South Carolina, it represents our state wonderful." © 2017 WLTX-TV CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS RAW: The Moment of Totality in Columbia, SC Don't Look at the Sun During the Eclipse WLTX Live Video Jim Gandy gives personal account of eclipse Ex-Trooper Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison Baby named Eclipse born on eclipse day Animals react to total eclipse at Riverbanks Zoo After Eclipse Traffic Fireflies Player Brings Family From Venezuela For Eclipse Jim Gandy Explains How to Make Eclipse Viewer More Stories Powerball Jackpot Rises to $700 Million Aug 22, 2017, 11:44 a.m. Santee Cooper Has Gotten Interest Over VC Summer Shares Aug 22, 2017, 10:45 a.m. SC Lawmaker Gets Engaged During Eclipse on Lake Murray Aug 22, 2017, 11:12 a.m.