Oakland, Calif. — The streets of Oakland were awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watched and cheered the Warriors victory parade, which has been 40 years in the making.
In a rare moment of glory, Oakland — a city that usually makes news for crime, corruption, protests and violence — shined in the national spotlight.
On Friday, fans flooded downtown to see the NBA championship players, MC Hammer, six floats and, of course, the championship trophy, won after the team bested LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
People started lining up as early as 3 a.m., and city officials estimated at least 500,000 fans packed the streets when the parade started about 10 a.m.
Kamala Moore arrived at the parade route at 4:15 a.m. "It's history in the making," she said.
"Oh, my gosh, I really want to see Riley (Curry)," she said, referring to the 2-year-old daughter of Stephen Curry.
At Children's Fairyland on Lake Merritt, it was all about Riley on Friday as the large colorful sign was changed to read "Rileyland" on Friday morning.
The mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland were all in the parade showing support for the team at a time when Oakland officials are fighting to keep the NBA champions from relocating across the San Francisco Bay. The Warriors have purchased land in San Francisco, where they plan to build a privately financed arena.
Warriors fans and Oakland city leaders alike basked in the glory of the team's first NBA title in four decades.
"The resilience and tremendous potential of Oakland are emblematic of the Warriors' victory," Alameda County supervisor Nate Miley said.
The Warriors won 105-97 in the Game 6 clincher Tuesday.
"We're so proud of the job that the entire city of Oakland did as these great ambassadors for these finals," Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said.
Shortly after noon Friday, Oakland police responded to reports that three people had been shot about five blocks away from the rally site. The victims, who were not identified, are in stable condition.
As soon as the parade ended, a rally started at the city's convention center. Police estimate 1 million people attended the championship festivities.
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