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Fans go wild at Lakers Parade!
By Kaylee DavisSentinel Intern
As early as 6am on Monday, masses of Lakers fans had already lined Figueroa with excitement before the 11am parade. Â Some, whom never had the opportunity to see the Lakers during a game, even spent the night in South Los Angeles with eager thirst to view their team as up close and personal as possible. Â By 9am the crowd roared with pride. Â The next two hours leading up to the parade were filled with cheers and chants from rowdy and more than excited fans.
"Boston sucks," "Let's go Lakers," "MVP," and "Lakers" were some of the most common chants of the morning. Â Figueroa had transformed to a sea of purple and gold; some had even painted their bodies Lakers colors. Â Many held signs that read anything from "RIP Boston" to "Lakers Back 2 Back Champions". Â One fan paraded a doll head on a stick that represented the Boston Celtics, and another carried life-size Kobe Bryant.
South Los Angeles had become a full-blown Lakers celebration, and no one seemed to mind the early hour or hot sun. Â Nicole Buchanan of Inglewood faced heavy traffic with her family to see the parade but was, nevertheless, in high spirits. Â She yelled, "They're [Boston's] defeated, so we're excited! Â And, we're happy to be out here today to celebrate and bring the third championship on."
Other fans shared similar sentiments. Â Luca Brazzer said, "All you can say is congratulations...We're celebrating like true champions." Â Rochelle Higgins spoke of barely being able to walk in the streets yet remained energized to see her "baby Kobe".
Police were also pleased with the celebration, following the championship game night's riots. Â Detective Myers said, "It's going well. Everybody seems like they're enjoying themselves, and everybody seems to be on their best behavior. Â So far it's been great."
When the parade finally began at Staples Center, the crowd went wild. Â Fans jumped, screamed, shouted, waved, snapped pictures, and videotaped, as current and previous Lakers and family members passed by on fire trucks and buses. Â The parade proved an emotional and invigorating experience for many die-heart fans. Â One man apologized for acting "like a girl" when he saw the team.
Fans expressed satisfaction at the parade's end. Â Jeffrey Williams, a self-proclaimed die-heart Lakers fan, said, "It was a great experience just to be around all the other Lakers fans...and to see everyone support the Lakers." Â The parade, while brief, was successful in bringing together supporters from Los Angeles and beyond to celebrate this hard-fought championship in true Lakers-style.