Saturday, July 04, 2015

Parade in Oakland - The Golden State Warriors Victory Parade

Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Dubbed by roland luistro, on FlickrAfter 40 years of waiting, the San Francisco Bay Area basketball fans have finally been granted what they've been wishing, the Golden States Warriors are NBA champions once again!

After weeks and weeks of close games and pressure cooker moments, it is time to celebrate the local champions with a big parade in Oakland.


The parade was scheduled on a Friday. Mijo and I usually go to Destination Baking Company for our Friday breakfast. That day was no different. Even though the San Francisco Bay Area has seen lots of victory parades lately, thanks to the three victories of the San Francisco Giants, Mijo and I had to see the Warrior's parade. We were just so happy to celebrate with the team and the rest of the Warriors' fans. We were going to meet Berna, T'Andre and Dominick later that day. My good friend Dinah was at the parade as well and she's got a much better view.
Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade breakfast

We took BART from the city and got off at 19th St. station in Oakland. When we got there, the parade crowd were already thick but we managed to find a location and squeezed in close enough to the street.
Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade waitGolden State Warriors - Victory Parade Coaching fans

Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade loyal fans
I remember the first victory parade I've been in. It was the 2010 World Series champions San Francisco Giants' Victory parade in the city. The crowd was giddy and happy and everyone was hugging everyone. I felt the same kind of overwhelming sense of happiness at the Golden State Warriors parade. I don't profess to be a long time fan of the Warriors, but I guess the victory was made so sweet because of the very long wait, just like the long wait by the Giants fans.
 
We didn't wait a long time and we finally saw the first float. It was Klay Thompson's. Good idea to have them high up so everyone can see them.
Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Thompson

Here's the link to the video.

Of couse, the city of Oakland float.
 Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade OAKLAND

Here's the link of Draymond Green's float video. He decided to walk and was high five-ing the crowd. What a guy!

Here's is Steve Kerr. Congratulations, Coach!
Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Kerr 

Here are the floats of the Warriors cheerleaders, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut.
  Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Cheer Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Barnes 
  Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Bogut 

Here's the float of the two MVPs - Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala.
  Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Curry
Here's the video of the same float. Congrat to the two of you.

Of course, the rest of the Warriors team had a float too.
Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Ownership Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Operations 
  Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Hoop Troop Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Season tix holder Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Coaching staff 

I had to go home and continue working that day. I took BART back home and it was seamless. It goes to show that BART has gotten used to handling large amounts of passengers especially during a special day like a victory parade.
  Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade 19th St BART 

While working, I was tuned in to channel 5. It was great to hear what the team has to say about their recent victories. There were a lot of people behind the team's victory.
  Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Kpix5 Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Kpix5 tv 
  Golden State Warriors - Victory Parade Kpix5 live

Congratulations, Golden State Warriors, the 2015 NBA champions.

~rl

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