On Wednesday San Francisco saw an invasion of it’s downtown and civic center. An onslaught of merry souls sporting bright orange and black gathered. Their numbers were in the hundreds of thousands, all smiling, screaming and surprisingly very civilized. They were all there to celebrate the 2010 World Series champions – The San Francisco Giants. And not content to see if on TV, they took boats, trains, buses, cars, bikes and at least one unicycle to come cheer on their beloved team, beards and all. There were many memorable moments of the parade, but here are ten that were touching, tantalizing and pretty much unforgettable.
– Seeing all the children. Countless parents pulled their kids out of school to attend this historic event. Everywhere you looked there were kids in strollers, babies in Bjorns and children rising above the crowd atop their parent’s shoulders.
– The amount of black and orange that was absolutely everywhere. When looking at the crowds it was like a sea of orange.
– The people doing anything and everything to get a glimpse of the team during the live parade. Fans were on top of bus shelters, sitting on the branches of trees, standing on top of Muni buses and some brave souls even brought their own ladders to be able to see above the crowd.
– The “ticker tape.” Back in the day, the parade routes of yore were sprinkled with ticker tape, something that isn’t used in our modern world. But the surrounding offices compromised, they bought or made confetti with their shredders creating an endless rain of bits of paper.
– Footage of a very pregnant woman who had painted the Giants logo painted on her bare belly. And her due date? Today. Now that’s team dedication.
– Aubrey Huff, who wore a red thong during most of the season, pulled his lucky piece of underwear out and swung it above his head to share with the crowd. You don’t see that everyday.
– The tribute to great Giants of the past, Willie Mays and Willie McCovey both rode in the parade in vintage convertibles.
– Beloved pitcher Brian Wilson (Fear the Beard!) opting not to ride in his cable car parade vehicle the whole time, instead he went into the street and mingled and cheered on the massive crowd.
– Giants devotee Steve Perry of Journey fame was a guest in the parade cheering on the crowd as he sang along with his hit song Don’t Stop Believin’ which had become a theme song for the the last season.
– But one of the most touching things about this massive celebration was that hundreds of thousands were able to happily gather. There was no angst, no anger about the crowds, no fighting in the streets. It was a day where everyone came with joy and their love of the Giants reigned supreme.