Lakers parade: 'It was amazing,' fan says
Pierce College student Andrea Sixtos, 19, ducked into a courtyard near Figueroa and 23rd streets to have her picture taken. She turned a bit to the side so her friend could catch the purple "L" and "A" she painted on each bare knee. She also wore her friend's purple Lakers jersey, short shorts and purple boots and a yellow Lakers cap.
"Seeing Kobe up there with his trophy and seeing all the players you see ... on TV, it was amazing," she said. "We're definitely coming back next year when they win again."
Laura Watson, 62, a technical librarian who works in Torrance, was dragged to the parade -- her first despite being a lifetime Lakers fan -- by her grandkids. A Carson resident, she was a big fan of the Magic Johnson Lakers but thinks this is the most special celebration for the 10-time champs "because of all the ups and downs they've been through."
Watson, who got there on Metrolink, her first L.A. train trip, was about to take a buyout from a downsizing at her workplace after 40 years with the company. She said the people of L.A. needed the parade to get "their minds off their troubles."
"It's a joyous time," she said.
-- Gale Holland on the parade route
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Photo: Albert De La Cruz and his wife, Blanca Cadena, with their son, Meyo, sitting in his custom Laker stroller along the parade route. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times