Alabama Crimson Tide football fans flood Tuscaloosa’s Strip to celebrate national championship win

The celebration is on in Tuscaloosa after Alabama football's national championship victory, the COVID-19 pandemic be damned. 

Videos and photos captured on social media showed hundreds, if not thousands, of people on The Strip celebrating theCrimson Tide's 52- 24 victory over Ohio Statein the College Football Playoff on Monday night. 

Tuscaloosa Police quickly were dispatched to clear a path through town, according to social media reports. 

The celebration comes as COVID-19 cases are spiking around the country. 

The Crimson Tide won their third CFP championship game on Monday — and the program's sixth national title under head coach Nick Saban. 

The 2020 season was marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced players, coaches and staff to undergo daily antigen testing in order to play. 

Saban tested positive for COVID-19 in November and made a full recovery. 

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Here are photos and videos from Monday night's celebration: 

Before photo pic.twitter.com/XlSFpFiTm6

@TuscaloosaPD moving in to clear The Strip. This is University and Frank Thomas via @algo_tus Traffic cameras. @[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected][email protected]@WBRCnews#RollTide  @ReceDavispic.twitter.com/yxWeB6mtVz

Tuscaloosa right now: pic.twitter.com/nzy2weMnYK

A man dressed as Forrest Gump is running down University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa at 11:17 pm pic.twitter.com/7DcqhuS3QD

Alabama Crimson Tide fans flood the streets of Tuscaloosa after the team secured its 18th national title. pic.twitter.com/k9UCH8BC4m

Chris Thomas is the South Region sports director of the USA Today Network, based at The Tennessean in Nashville, Tenn. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.

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