SAN FRANCISCO – It’s been two years since the Bay Area hosted the championship parade, but neither the city nor the Warriors forgot how to take a moment.
Stephen Curry jumped over the fence at the Muni train station and started to face the sign next to him.
“MVP!” the songs echoed from all directions as blue and golden confetti rained down from the sky.
Ayesha Curry pointed to a label that reads “Ayesha can cook” before popping a bottle of champagne and spraying it on her husband. It inspired Curry and Damion Lee to free up space and pack their bottles, bringing the fans left in their way.
“We represent you guys,” Curry told a small crowd of team and arena staff at the pre-parade rally. “The life you give us, the inspiration, all these things are important. That’s what it’s all about. Have fun, give you joy, be passionate. It gives us the opportunity to do things that haven’t been done before. Bay Area process. We’re back, we have a parade in San Francisco, so we’ll do it. “
The Warriors were mated to a double-decker bus, but it didn’t take long for them to give up the bus and dive into the thousands of fans who had been waiting for them before sunrise.
Klay Thompson put the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the ground, took a step back and danced behind it, a dance inspired by Michael Jackson. Then he picked up the cup and started running, lifting and dancing with all the fans who ran with him.
Some of the buses in the back grabbed the Super Soaker water pistol and float by jumping off Jordan’s bus. He ran up and down the barriers bordering Market Street in downtown San Francisco, soaking everyone he could. He grabbed his friend’s camera and started capturing videos and pictures so he could document himself.
“Pool parties all summer,” he shouted.
His companion, Andrew Wiggins, grabbed a bottle of champagne by a fan and sprayed it on everyone’s face after shaking it thoroughly.
Above, Gary Payton II walked 90% of the parade. Before the parade, he said he intended to fill JR Smith during the parade, referring to the Cleveland Cavalier parade in 2016, when Smith was unshirted throughout the Caves celebration.
Payton was a man of his words and gave up his shirt early.
“What makes me happy is seeing the boys who won it for the first time,” Draymond Green said. “On your journey, you always want that first feeling back. The reality is that you will never get it again and the only way to restore it is to feel it Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Otto Porter, Beli, Moses, GP … you feel it for these men and so you can get that lesson again. “
However, Green did not seem to have any difficulty in regaining that feeling. After the call, saying, “Thank you all and it’s always f … everyone else,” Green stood in the middle of the street, pointing two middle fingers at the people. They responded with a shout, “F —, Draymond,” a nod to the songs that Boston Celtics fans shouted at Green and what the Warriors copied at the locker room celebrations after winning the title.
Green ran around the fans, even allowing him to throw a bottle of champagne on his head. Before returning to the bus, he took a quick break to grab an ice cream in Ghirardelli.
It was obvious that after two years away from the league and two years without a parade, the Warriors wanted to enjoy the moment for as long as possible. Like Golden State fans.
People sat at the top of the trees, at the top of the lampposts, and out the windows of the San Francisco skyscrapers.
Despite the obstacles along the parade, people jumped on them to get as close as possible to their favorite players. As the buses approached the end of the route, restraining the crowd seemed like an unfamiliar concept, as fans passed through the streets after the last bus.
But no one seemed annoyed.
“It’s been an amazing year,” Green said. “I told you not to let us win the championship and it’s clear that no one can stop it.”
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