L.A. Kings parade: Frenzied fans chant 'Go, Kings, go!'
Fans who had arrived early Thursday morning and waited hours for the parade to begin watched as the buses and an 18-wheeler came and went. As the team and its hardware passed, fans clapped and yelled and whipped out their camera phones to capture the moment.
Like Monday after the team’s 6-1 victory, many Kings faithful broke down into tears at the sight of the huge silver trophy.
“Oh, here's the Cup right there,” one fan yelled pointing. “The Cup!"
Even L.A. workers stopped to soak in the moment. Construction crews, firefighters and corporate-office workers snapped pictures as the team rolled by their workplaces.
As confetti rained down on the team, service workers followed behind cleaning up the scraps.
Becky Duran, 42, of Rancho Cucamonga, was at the parade with her husband, Benjamin. They left their home at 6:30 a.m., arriving downtown two hours later.
Thursday also happens to be Becky’s birthday.
“What better way to spend your birthday?” she said. “I know they did this all for me.”
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Photo: Kings fans cheer players during the parade. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times