Warriors Parade, Thousands of fans lined downtown streets in San Francisco on Monday to catch a glimpse of their Warriors in a parade celebrating the franchise’s fourth NBA title in the last eight seasons and first since 2018.
Warriors parade get back here in San Fransisco:
At a Muni train station stop, Stephen Curry jumped on top of a railing and started smacking the sign that was next to him.
“M-V-P!” chants echoed from every direction, as blue and gold confetti rained down from the sky.
Ayesha Curry pointed at a sign that says “Ayesha can cook,” before opening a bottle of champagne and sprinkling it down on her husband. That inspired Curry and Damion Lee to clear out a space in the crowd and pop their own bottle, showering the fans that stood in their path.
“We represent you guys,” Curry told the small mob made up of groups and field employees at the pre-parade rally. “The life that you give us, the inspiration, all those things matter. That’s what it’s all about. Entertaining you guys, giving you something to cheer for, be passionate about. It’s giving us the platform to go do things that haven’t been done before in history and representing the entire Bay Area in the process. We’re back here in San Francisco, so let’s join the Warriors parade and enjoy it.
Warriors engaged themselves with their fans in the Warriors parade:
The Warriors were put together on double-decker buses, but it didn’t take long for them to get off their bus and engage themselves with the thousands of Warriors fans that had been waiting for them since midnight.
Klay Thompson positioned the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the ground, took his foot back, and did a Michael Jackson-inspired dance behind it. He then picked up the trophy and took off running, high-fiving, and dancing with all the Warrior fans that ran beside him.
Some buses behind, Jordan Poole held a Super Soaker water gun and a pool float as he jumped off his bus. He ran up and down the barriers that lined Market St. in downtown San Francisco, dripping everyone he could. He grabbed his friend’s camera and started shooting videos and pictures so he could document himself doing so.
“Pool parties all summer long,” he shouted.
His bus-mate, Andrew Wiggins, held a Warriors fan’s bottle of champagne, and after rigorously shaking it, sprinkled it on everyone’s faces.
Green ended the Warriors parade by thanking all his fans:
Up ahead, Gary Payton II walked along the route for 90% of the Warriors parade. Before the parade, he said he was going to “go full JR Smith,” during the parade, mentioning the Cleveland Cavalier’s parade in 2016 when Smith went shirtless for the entire Cavs celebration.
Payton was a man of his words, ditching his shirt early in the day.
“What brings me the most joy … is seeing the guys who won it the first time,” Draymond Green said. “In your journey, you always want that first-time feeling back. In real life, you never get this again, and the only way to get this again is to feel this through Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Otto Porter, Beli, Moses, and GP … you feel it through those guys and that’s how you get that sensation again.”
Green didn’t seem to have any trouble getting that feeling back, however. After ending his rally speech by saying, “Thank you all, and it’s always f— everybody else,” Green stood in the middle of the street and showed up two middle fingers to the crowd. They responded by yelling, “F—, Draymond,” a nod to the chants that Boston Celtics fans yelled at Green, and what the Warriors copied in their locker room celebration after clinching the title.
Fans jumped on to warriors despite all hurdles along the Warriors parade route:
Green ran around high-fiving fans, even asking one to pour a bottle of champagne on his head. He took a quick break to hold ice cream at Ghirardelli before returning to his bus in the Warriors parade.
It was evident that after three years away from the top spot in the league, and three years without a parade, the Warriors wanted to revel at the moment as long as possible. As did Golden State’s fans.
People sat in trees, on top of lamp posts, and out of windows from San Francisco‘s skyscrapers.
Despite all hurdles along the Warriors parade route, people jumped on to get as close as possible to their favorite players. As the buses reached the end of the route, crowd confinement appeared like a foreign theory, as fans streamed onto the streets as the final bus passed.
But no one seemed to mind.
“This has been an amazing year,” Green said. “I told y’all, don’t let us win a championship, and clearly, nobody could stop it.”