Scenes from a long-awaited Cleveland parade
With the serendipity of being in Cleveland for the celebration of their first major sports championship since 1964, here are a few photos and words from my view of the Cavs championship parade.
It was historic, obviously, and that was obvious based on the age mix of the fans who came out to watch, some talking about seeing the '64 Browns winning the NFL championship, others talking about the near-misses over the ensuing years, and some young enough to not know of just how special thi was.
It was good-natured, with a general sense of camaradie among the crowd estimated in excess of 1-million that packed into the downtown streets, with fans high-fiving each other and being friendly (with little pushing and shoving, at least at my outpost on E. 9th Street and Superior), and the police being patient and accomodating. (Also good planning by keeping places like the public libary open for restroom access.)
And it was long. The parade was delayed from the star at the Quicken Loans Arena from the original 11 a.m. plan and took hours for the caravan to make its way along the jammed route to the stage for the rally, and was still going on five hours later in the open mall space near the convention center.
But, most of all, it was a tremendous memory from an unexpected opportunity.