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San Franciscans all wound up for Giants' victory parade

November 3, 2010 | 10:40 am

In the early morning hours, San Francisco City Hall and Coit Tower glowed with orange lights. Black and orange balloons hung from lamp posts along Montgomery Street in the Financial District. And cable cars on California Street had celebratory signs plastered in the windows: “World Series Champions.”

At 9 a.m. in the East Bay, there was a three-block line at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station just to get a train ticket into the city.

Locals were gearing up to celebrate the Giants’ World Series victory with a parade downtown beginning at 11 a.m. The Giants beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in the fifth game of the series Monday night, the team’s first championship since they moved west from New York in 1958.

Jose Garcia-Williams, 12, was pressed against a barricade in front of City Hall. He and his family had arrived at 5 a.m.

“My mom wanted to do it,” he said. “She said, 'We’re not going to school. You guys be prepared -- we’re leaving really early.' ”

Steve Frith, 28, of Folsom, said he left home about 6 p.m. Tuesday after he got off work and came straight to San Francisco.

“I got three half-hour naps right here,” he said, as he stood at the Polk Street edge of City Hall dressed in a Giants jersey and with a beard dyed black in the fashion of relief pitcher Brian Wilson. “I’ve been waiting my whole life for this. I got my heart broken in 2002 [by S.F.'s World Series loss to the Angels]. I’m squeezing every last drop out of this.”

-- Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco

See today's parade photos and game day action in our photography blog.

Photo: A fan of the San Francisco Giants holds up a sign at the World Series victory parade at City Hall.  Credit: Jason O. Watson / US Presswire