Warriors fans pour into San Francisco for Dubs’ championship parade

The Golden States Warriors will parade through San Francisco Monday morning after last week’s Game 6 victory in Boston over the Celtics to clinch their fourth NBA title in eight years.

It’s the first time in the modern era that the team is celebrating a Finals win in the city, home to their new Chase Center, with the previous three championship parades snaking through Oakland.

That decision was met with some frustration from East Bay fans who saw their team move across the Bay after the 2019 season.

Possibilities abound for this historic event. Will there be a Macy’s-style balloon of Steph Curry’s ape NFT?

Will LeBron James be lurking in the crowd, lending credence to rumors he wants to play for the Warriors?

Will Draymond get a technical and foul out of the parade?

Bay Area News Group reporters and photographers will be reporting from the scene in live time, so keep checking back.

As of 6:30 a.m., both sides of Market Street were already thronged with people in camping chairs and laying on blankets (risking body contact with a downtown San Francisco sidewalk — that’s the sign of true devotion). Shouts of “Waaaaaarriors” echoed off the sides of the concrete corridor. Car horns were blasting in celebration.

Francisco Vasquez and Carlos Morales, both of San Jose, made the early-morning trip up.

“We got up at 3 this morning,” Vasquez said. “My wife is still mad.”

Across the Bay, Patty Kwea was one of many fans clad in blue and gold hopping on a BART train in Walnut Creek after her drive in from Dixon.

“It’s not like we haven’t done this before,” said Kwea. “But this is the sweetest.”

The parade kicks off at 11:20 at Market and Main streets and runs for about 1.4 miles to Market and Eighth streets, where it ends around 2 p.m. (Here’s the NBA’s route map and our full parade guide.)

There will be no rally at the end of the parade, similar to the last Warriors’ parade in 2018, a decision that confused some fans who were looking forward to hearing from their favorite players.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to show up, so if you’re planning on attending, try to get there early. BART is operating a dozen extra trains and expects the busiest times to last from 9 a.m. until the parade starts and then from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This story will be updated frequently before, during and after the parade. Check back for the latest information.

Contributed by local news sources

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