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Lakers parade: Fans converging on downtown L.A.

ParadeThe crowds are starting to converge on downtown L.A. today for a parade celebrating the Lakers world championship victory.

The parade comes after several days of controversy over who should foot the bill. The city of Los Angeles originally planned to cover the estimated $2 million cost, but that spurred objections from members of city unions who said the spending didn't make sense amid cuts and layoffs. Now, private donors are covering the costs.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Staples Center and proceed south on Figueroa Street to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The route, too, has been somewhat controversial. "While the stretch of Figueroa south of Staples might someday be a vibrant connection linking USC to Downtown, it is far from that today," wrote Eric Richardson at BlogDowntown. "It's a stretch lined by car dealerships, strip malls and fast food. That's a tired image of Los Angeles."

TRANSPORTATION: Traffic is expected to be jammed this morning in the vicinity of the parade route, particularly in southern downtown L.A. and the USC area. The MTA says bus service will be affected by the celebration. Expect delays on the following MTA routes: 28, 30, 31, 35, 37, 38, 40, 42, 55, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 81, 102, 200, 204, 335, 355, 378, 439, 442, 444, 445, 446, 447, 450x, 460, 484, 485, 550, 714, 728, 730, 740, 754 and 770. The MTA has added trains to the Blue Line, Red Line, Purple Line, Green Line and Gold Line to help get people to and from the parade. 

STREET CLOSURES: Dozens of streets will be closed, many as early as 6 a.m. Most of the closures are within an area bounded by Martin Luther King Boulevard, Jefferson Boulevard, Hoover Street, Union Avenue, 9th Street and Broadway. They include Figueroa, Flower Street, Pico Boulevard and Washington Boulevard. Several exits to the 110 and 10 freeways also will be closed. 

SECURITY: The Los Angeles Police Department will be out in force on the parade route and at the Coliseum, hoping to avoid a repeat of the problems after the Lakers won the world championship Sunday night. “It is no secret we will have a very strong uniformed presence along the parade route,” said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. “It is no secret we will have undercover officers in the crowd, and we are going to be careful to arrest anyone out of control.” Smith said the LAPD will have extra jailers on Wednesday and a mobile jail ready to hold anyone who disturbs the celebration, which is expected to last about three hours. “If you throw something at the parade, you will go to jail," he said. "If you set light to something, you will go to jail. If you break anything, you will go to jail.”

Lakers Fans Crowd Coliseum for Today's Victory Parade

-- Shelby Grad, Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton

Photo credit: KTLA

Championship photos
Photos: Road to the Championship
 
Comments () | Archives (18)

"World champions"? Did I miss an international competition, like the World Cup, with teams from around the world taking place? If the Lakers wish to call themselves champions of the world, let them, even though to other countries it sounds a bit presumptious and arrogant, but journalists don't have to be in on it. Being NBA champs is a real accomplishment. Why not call them that, and be accurate?

Someone's a Laker Hater huh? I kind of agree with the whole world championship tag, but unless the whole world groups together to tell the U.S. to stop calling their NBA teams world champs, it's going to keep happening. GO LAKERS!!!

Idiot fans for a trash sport... We love LA!

Yawn...

According to Wiki:

"The series was named the NBA World Championship Series until 1986." It's now just called "NBA Finals" that crowns "NBA Champions"

LA Times is reporting incorrectly.

To play devil's advocate: NBA is the de facto premier basketball league in the world and sports and international contingent of players. Sure there are other leagues in the world, but why isn't Pau playing in Europs, Yao in China, Ginobli in Argentina. I think baseball is the only sport that claims to be "World Series" in light of seriously competitive athletes from other nations not playing in the majors.

Zzz

Actually, UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONS is more fitting.

Let's see...we've got a center from Spain, a center from the Congo, a point guard with Iranian heritage, a 2 guard from Slovenia and the star of the team who speaks fluent Italian. The days of just Smith's (Elmore), Jones' (Eddie, Fred), Johnson's (Magic, Vinny) or even Van Arsdale's (Tom and Dick) are long gone.

World Champions seems appropriate to me.

They are called world champions because they recruit from around the world for the best players. Same reason MLB uses the term, its the best baseball (or basketball in this case) team of players in the whole world. And if you don't care about the Lakers, why the heck to you click on this article?

Tell the grumps to 'qwitcherbelyakin' and let all of us who are Laker fans enjoy the day.

The NBA has the world's best players. The NbA champion is the best assembled team in the world. Get it now?

The best players in the world play in the NBA, thanks to talent such as Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitski, Yao Ming, Manu Ginobili, and others joining our US-born players. Because of that, the NBA championship serves as the closest thing to a World Championship we'll see in league competition. Go Lakers!

I live in colorado but i cam from LA i loved seeing the chiken nuggets fans cry and cry ....I love the LAKERS

LA Rocks- period. Simply the best- better than all the rest. Portland wishes you the best!

I sort of agree with being against using the "World Champion" term. To the rest of the world, it just displays American arrogance. Yes, the best players in the world play here instead of their respective countries, but the US continues to not really consider international play a priority. World Baseball Classic showed Asia's power, but only because the best MLB players didn't want to play; arrogance, money, apathy. Olympic basketball had a lot of NBA players called up to work out, but a lot didn't want to; again, arrogance, money, apathy. NBA Champions would better.


Either way, GO LAKERS!!!!! Great season, great playoffs, great trouncing of the Magic. Howard just wasn't ready for a ring, and Kobe was so hungry for it, he might as well have been on hunger strike.

"Trash sport" huh?

Gotta love it when the insecure and tiny-minded (among other things) feel the need to sound all superior. LoL

Go Lakers!

What a waste of time, money and media attention. Are these your heroes? A bunch of tatooed, steroid-enhanced ex-thugs (Kobe and a few others excepted) who couldn't care less what team they play for as long as their contract is lucrative and their post-game whirlpool bath is just the right temperature? Go find yourselves some real men to admire.

If the cops threw a huge net over the Coliseum, I am sure crime rates in LA would instantly plummet.


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