If you are a fan of basketball, NBA to be specific you knew that our local team the Golden State Warriors won the title two years in a row (3 in 4 years) earlier this month. On June 12, a Tuesday, they held their championship parade in the streets of Oakland, California.
The word about the parade is that unlike the two previous parades, there would be no speeches at the end of the parade. I suppose after having the same speech the past two parades, they just wanted to do it differently this year. In lieu of the speeches, the players went down their buses and interacted with the fans who line up the streets hours before the parade.
We arrived early and was able to pick our spot. We got very lucky too because the spot we have has shade when the parade started and it was elevated so we had a good view of the players.
While waiting for the parade to start, the local police officers graciously acted as photographers.
There was a lot of waiting and the crowd grew thicker as parade neared. I whiled the time away by taking photos of my fellow fans.
Then the parade started.
UC Berkeley band
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and rapper MC Hammer
Al Attles, former Warrior player.
Talking heads from NBC Sports Bay Area.
95.7 the game's Jo, Lo and Dibs - morning talk show hosts.
Former San Francisco mayor and current California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom.
THE PLAYERS AND THE COACHES
Klay and Zaza
Shaun Livingston went down the bus
Javale McGee taking selfie with fans
Nick "Swaggy P" Young partied with the fans
Asst Coach Mike Brown signed autographs
Coach Steve Kerr
MVP Stephen Curry with pregnant wife and chef Ayesha
Riley Curry giving out some wrist band.
MVP Kevin Durant shared the bus with Quinn Cook
Draymond Green always make a statement with his tee-shirts.
Rookie Jordan Bell had the most fun; when his Henny was gone, he found someone in the crowd that shared his bottle with him.
Strength in Numbers!
Same time next year, Warriors?
OUR WORLD TUESDAY