CINCINNATI -- Xavier University is celebrating its official entry into the Big East Conference with two events Monday.
In addition, Mayor Mark Mallory is declaring Monday "Xavier University joins the Big East Day in Cincinnati."
The events include a celebration on Fountain Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. That celebration will include a basketball pop-a-shot, soccer goals and a putting green with demos and tips from Xavier coaches and student athletes.
Mascots and cheerleaders will be on hand to turn the Square into a Xavier BIG EAST pep rally. Giveaways will be available and prizes awarded.
Xavier fans will also be able to participate in a parade around the field at Great American Ball Park as the Cincinnati Reds take on the San Francisco Giants.
The parade begins at 6:20 p.m. Xavier basketball coaches Chris Mack and Amy Waugh, along with Xavier mascots D'Artagnan and the Blue Blob, will be in the Reds' Fan Zone for photos and autographs.
The new, basketball-centric Big East officially begins operations July 1 with 10 private schools. The others are Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova.
The university also said that TriHealth as the presenting sponsor of the school's first season in the Big East.