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L.A. Kings parade: Time for hockey team to shine, fan says

June 14, 2012 | 12:36 pm

Kings fans cheer
Based on the last several years, you would expect purple and gold to fill the streets of downtown Los Angeles, but it was mostly black and white Thursday.

It was Kings day.

"Lakers' fans are spoiled," said Roberto Castro, wearing a black shirt with a yellow symbol of Earth and the words "PEACE," a reference to Lakers player Metta World Peace.

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The 21-year-old resident rode his bike with his friend Andres Cabra, from Rosemead for Thursday's victory parade.

The pair stood along Grand Avenue, near 5th Street, where a short distance away, fans chanted "We won the cup!"

Castro said he's been a Kings fan for nearly four years. Cabral has been a fan for 19.

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"This actually takes away the mourning that the Lakers lost," Castro said. "It's good to see that the Kings earned it."

"It's good to see that shiny trophy here," Cabral added.

Further up the road, Jonathan Bareng, 38, stood behind white cardboard shaped to look like the Stanley Cup.

"I'm ecstatic," Bareng said. "We're so used to seeing the Lakers do their parade."

Bareng, a fan of the Kings' for 24 years, said he flew to New Jersey for Game 5 against the Devils. Of course, he was disappointed with the outcome, but he went Thursday to see the parade.

"It's been 45 years in the making," Bareng said. "It's kind of emotional."

Nearby, Chino resident Valerie Taylor held a homemade poster that read "Thank You Kings."

Three weeks ago, Taylor told her boss she would be taking the day off if the Kings won it all and held a parade. Taylor was born a Kings fan, as was her brother Jonathan, she said. Her mother, Betsy, went to a Kings game nearly 40 years ago.

"I'm thrilled," Taylor said. "I hope it happens again."


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Photo: Kings fans cheer along parade route. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times