CANTON, Ohio - Trey Miller and his son T.J. drove to Ohio from their home in Florida to celebrate one of their favorite Minnesota Vikings players, Chris Carter, being inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.
Both wore purple face paint as they worked the swelling crowd for the weekend's events.
"We turn purple whenever we get around Viking stuff, you know," Trey Miller said. "We don't need to be from Minnesota. Big-time Viking fans, always been Viking fans."
There were quite a few Viking fans in attendance Friday, soaking in the historic Canton football atmosphere. Many were planning to somehow get involved in the early Saturday morning parade along Cleveland Avenue. They may have to wrestle with long-time Canton residents just to get a seat with a good view.
Some fans secured their seats with ropes to light posts and posted their names on their plastic chairs for several miles.
Kyra Owens and her fellow Canton school friends set up a tent Friday at the request of her mother. Camping out on Cleveland Avenue the night before the Timken Grand Parade during Hall of Fame weekend has been a family tradition for years.
"My mom wanted it right here," Owens said. The tent may just be reserved for the adults' comfort. "We don't sleep in it; we like to stay out."
The parade's football tradition is of little consequence to Owens and her all-girl camp-out crew. Seeing their fellow school friends in the parade is why they're seeking the best spot with the best view.
"I like the batons and the cheerleaders," Owens said. " Our friends in the band and the ones who are cheerleaders, and my cousin Jayonna twirling batons is why we're here."
Manuel Soares didn't have to set up a chair or a tent. He lives on Cleveland Avenue next to a church on 23rd Street NW. The church had an RV parked next to it.
Soares' porch is a popular parade location for his many relatives and friends..
"Come this time of year, I get phone calls for days...'Can we come in your yard and watch the parade?'...and I say yeah. I just told them bring food," Soares said.
The Hall of Fame inductees can be seen by all in Saturday's parade starting at 8 a.m.