Giants World Series Parade
I, for once, had perfect timing. In San Francisco for a conference, I was also here for the Giant’s parade today after they swept the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series. Taking advantage of the conference’s lunch break, I walked the few blocks from the hotel to the parade route on Market Street to join the revelry.
I had attended a parade once before when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011. It was a festive, beautiful day and I had a good vantage point along Boylston Street. My brother’s enthusiasm for me to see a parade on each coast enhanced an otherwise recalcitrant desire to venture forth into a crowd of people to see a group of players I didn’t know well. I have always followed East Coast baseball and the American League. Thankfully, I took his advice and went to the parade.
Boston may have put on a few parades recently, and I will always miss seeing the Sox in Duck Boats in the Charles River, but Beantown could take some pointers from San Francisco. This was a rollicking parade that was incredibly inclusive of not only the member’s of the Giant’s organization, but members of the community. I thought it fantastic to see the people who serve the food at the Giant’s stadium marching in the parade.
I loved watching two marching bands go by, the tuba players with Giant’s players jerseys draped across their tubas. I boogied a little to a Latin band as it rolled past on a flatbed as they played live Salsa music. I gasped with joy as I saw Chinese dragons swaying and dancing, similar to what must be seen during the Chinese New Year festivities. There were carnival dancers, women on stilts, a rainbow float, and tons of others in modified cable cars.
I knew I was in San Francisco on Halloween as the candy thrown to the crowd consisted of Ghirardelli chocolate. Very nice.
The players were in convertibles and they went by pretty quickly and were hard to see as the cars were a little low. It would have been nice if they had been higher up, in the cable cars, but I read they had done that last time and wanted to do something different for this parade. All in all, I had a great time and I am very happy to have attended a West Coast parade.
© Ramona Flightner