The World Championship Lakers did it again and won the NBA championship title for the sixteenth time on Thursday June 17th. Monday June 21, 2010 was the day of the parade and the celebration was huge. I’ve never thought about going to any parade to celebrate a team’s victory until Thursday nights win. My son is a huge Laker Fan and there is no way we would miss it the parade since we just so happen to currently live steps away from USC, which is where the parade route ends. The parade was due to start at 11am and being that we were at the end of the route it was after noon before the Laker Franchise got to our end of Figueroa from the Staple Center.
The turn out for the parade was light for what I’d expect it to be at Figueroa and Jefferson but as it got later in the afternoon the crowd got more and more dense. There where people standing on top of the bus stop canopy and people sitting on top of the traffic light signals also. Anywhere there was a space that was slightly elevated people were hanging from it. LAPD was there in full force however to my dismay they did absolutely nothing about the large amount of pot smoking by groups of grown men even when in their faces and the faces of children. Most people where pretty cool and calm at the parade but of course there were the rowdy few who tried their best to make everyone else miserable as long as they where comfortable. Luckily the majority of the people there were much better behaved.
We left home for the parade at ten am and walked through USC’s campus and were at the corner of Figueroa and Jefferson a whole ten minutes later and the crowd was filled as far as you could see with Lakers fans in Laker jerseys, hats, pants, capes…and yes I did say capes because there was a man dressed like superman or more accurately Super Lakerman. There was one solitary Boston Celtics fan there who was getting it pretty badly by the whole crowd who jeered at him, “BOSON SUCKS!” repeatedly but I doubt he was really a true Boston Fan since he was a the Laker Parade. The crowd tried a lazy wave a couple of times but it didn’t seem to work out no matter how many times attempted it but the crowd was having a great time anyway. A blond lady in her Laker Jersey and cut-off jean shorts stood high upon the bus stop and danced for the crowd. It was a fun day and other than a few overboard fans the parade was fun and safe for everyone. The street vendors kept the fans hydrated with plenty of water, and Gatorade vendors. If you were a daring person you could buy a hot dog wrapped in bacon for $4.00 that was being cooked on the street on what appeared to be a make shift open griddle .We weren’t that daring so we stayed away from the food.
Finally some time after noon the Lakers girls start arriving on a Double Decker bus and on fire engines. After the Laker girls passed the Lakers with their family, friends, coaches and other staff on the buses and engines were right behind them. It was hard to see with so many people there and lots of people had their kids on their shoulders so the view wasn’t great if you were on level ground but if you had a video camera like we did and several others did then you just held it up high, hit record, zoomed in and watched the parade from your viewfinder. As soon as Kobe Bryant was seen the by crowd holding the trophy up high the crown started chanting MVP! MVP! MVP! The energy was magnificent and everyone was happy. Derek Fisher stood in front of Kobe and he had his left hand in the air and help up one finger to let us know the, yes the Lakers are number one once again. The actual parade was very short once it arrived and it didn’t seem to last more than ten minutes but it was worth the wait for many of us fans. -Faith Dosier, Los Angeles California