The SF Giants parade has been 53 years in the making. But now that the SF Giants parade is no longer a pipe dream, the Bay Area has a day to prepare for their first baseball championship party. The memories of 1962, 1989 and 2002 will be erased in one fell swoop, if they haven’t been already. But in case San Francisco’s World Series clinching win last night didn’t do it, tomorrow’s celebration should finish the job. At 11 am Pacific time, the SF Giants parade will begin for their no-longer long suffering fans.
Wednesday could have been a day of fear and anticipation for the San Francisco faithful. If the Giants lost, they would have had to play Game 6 at home on Wednesday, with a mere 3-2 lead. Although fans might have liked to see them clinch at AT&T Park, they probably didn’t want to wait another day for a title.
But with last night’s win, the SF Giants parade will finally end the waiting, and ensure that Wednesday is a purely happy day. Although the progressives in the Bay Area might be mourning the election results tomorrow morning, this party could help them take their minds off it.
It will start at 11 am Pacific Time, on Montgomery and Washington Streets. The route will then go southbound to Market Street, before going west to Civic Center Plaza in City Hall. Once they get there, the champions will get the key to the city by Mayor Gavin Newsome, before giving their victory speeches.
The ceremonies will end 53 years of frustration for San Francisco fans, and 56 years of it for the franchise itself. But as the SF Giants parade plans were being made official, the fans were showing their relief in questionable ways.
After every major sports championship, there are rumors and reports of a riot. This occasion was no different, as San Francisco residents were accused of starting fires, looting, and attacking cars. Riot police were needed to break up a few incidents, including one where a mob pulled people out of cars and attacked them.
The city hopes that the actual SF Giants parade will go much better tomorrow, as even more fans will gather and celebrate. Since this has been five decades in the making, Bay Area baseball fans are clearly pent up, as they’ve never had an occasion to do this before. Few thought that they would get to do it this season, but no line outs, earthquakes, or late inning collapses could stop them this time.
The last Giants victory parade was in New York, and now San Francisco finally gets to show off their parade skills. They have had a lot of experience celebrating the 49ers, but since their last Super Bowl was in 1995, they hope they aren’t too rusty.
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