While the Golden State Warriors play in Oakland (and moving to San Francisco in 3 years), what sets them apart is that they are the entire Bay Area's basketball team. Unlike previous championship series with the Giants (as I work with diehard A's fans) and 49ers, everyone around me was unanimous in their support of the one local basketball team. In fact, when the Warrior finally clinched the championship last Tuesday, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose all erupted into celebration (with no riots or property damage in the Oakland area - take that, national media)!
In all honesty, I wasn't planning on attending the championship parade. While I've been following the Warriors since the days of Run TMC, Spree for Three, Chris Weber, Chris Gatling (who I ran into at the grocery store as a kid), etc., I'll readily admit that once high school started I didn't pay much attention to professional sports until I finished my masters program and fell in love with baseball again. Also, I didn't want to put my coworkers through the same scheduling "musical chairs" I pulled to get time off for the 2014 Giants World Series Parade. Fortunately, I had a scheduled day off, along with the rest of my family. Parade day for everyone!
While this parade incorporated components from other World Championship parades (i.e. double decker buses for better viewing, political dignitaries, cable cars, confetti galore, etc.), there were elements that I could only describe as "Oakland". Here are some pictures from a fun day!
|Blue and Gold banners lining the parade route|
|Oakland's mayor and MC Hammer riding a fire shooting snail!|
|Politicians riding "The Janky Barge"|
|Double decker buses so everyone can see them! Draymond Green did get off his bus and interact with the crowd, including high fiving my dad!|
|Oakland had some pretty unique and quirky floats during this parade. Here's another one!|
|Obligatory SF cable cars on wheels|
|Steph and trophy!|
|Can't forget about public transport!|
|Lunch in Oakland's Chinatown! I'm sure this parade was great for local businesses!|