Gregorian: Chiefs’ parade a long time coming, but will they be back next year?

Super Bowl victories are rare accomplishments. Repeats are even more difficult.

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February 7, 2020 - 4:18 PM

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates atop one of the team buses on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Kansas City, Mo. during the city's celebration parade for the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl LIV. Photo by (David Eulitt/Getty Images/TNS)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Once upon a very different time, when Super Bowl tickets cost $15 and nearly every professional football player needed an offseason job to supplement his income and a fellow named Patrick Mahomes Sr. literally was in the embryonic stage of his life, the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl IV.

Somehow, on the very day after that 23-7 smothering of Minnesota on Jan. 11, 1970 in New Orleans, Kansas City held a parade that its hometown newspaper described as “an ecstatic outpouring of pride and enthusiasm (attended by) more than 100,000 Kansas Citians.”

“With a look stamped on his face that smacked of disbelief at the size of the welcome, Hank Stram, the Chiefs coach, led his warriors in the parade like a Caesar returning to Rome or Alexander the Great to Greece,” The Star wrote, reflecting a certain parlance of the era.

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