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Friday, October 31, 2014

Giants Parade: The Fun Has Already Started

Posted By and on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 10:41 AM

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If you work anywhere along Market Street, you've probably seen, if not heard, all Giants-related noise coming from excited fans. If you're one of those who hates crowds, noise, rain, costumes, or baseball, and decided to hide in the far-flung districts this morning, here's what you're missing:

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The parade won't officially start for another hour, but people braved the rain and the BART crowds to come early and take their seats. The UC Berkeley brass band is already down at the Embarcadero, playing "Don't Stop Believing" to keep spirits up and, yes, everyone is singing along at the top of their lungs.  

Fans came from all the way from the South Bay last night, booked a hotel, and woke up at 5 a.m. to grab seats along Market Street at 5 a.m. Dedicated, for sure. 
click to enlarge KATE CONGER
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Police Chief Greg Suhr says there has been a lot of preparation behind the scenes for this parade, so as to make this event run smoothly. In other words, he's not expecting there to be wayward crowds hurling bottles and starting fires as they did the other night after the Giants won the World Series. "We didn't want to jinx it," he said. "We wouldn't even say the 'P' word."

But they're ready, he says, and learned a lot from the last two parades (2010, 2012), such as start the parade earlier. 

So here we go ... check back for updates.

Update: Ah, yes here they come, 15 minutes late, but they're here — on double decker buses no less. Mayor Ed Lee is sporting an orange blazer and Nancy Pelosi is donning orange tulips (nice touch!). We'er still waiting for #MadBum

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Kate Conger

Kate Conger has written for SF Weekly since 2011.
Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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