1 million-plus fans pack San Francisco streets for Giants' victory parade
The superlatives ran hard and fast Wednesday during the San Francisco Giants' 2012 World Series championship celebration:
More than 1 million happy fans in orange and black were estimated to have jammed the city's center. A ton and a half of team-colored confetti was shot into the sky above the revelers. BART hit a ridership record, according to the transit agency, and had an awful lot of delays to boot.
So many people with so many cellphones were snapping and sending that service was severely taxed along the nearly two-mile parade route, where fans climbed trees and light poles and bus shelters and hung out of office windows, straining to see their baseball heroes.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee presented the team with a key to the city -- and a broom to the city too, in honor of the Giants' sweep of the dazed Detroit Tigers to win their second championship in three years.
It was all that Janet Clark could do to contain herself as she waited in front of City Hall for the festivities to begin. She drove from Paradise on Tuesday at noon and found her spot on the Civic Center plaza about 5 a.m., wearing a hat covered with Giants pins and clutching a Halloween-inspired sign that read: "It's no trick. Giants are world champions."
Clark has been a fan for 50 years, and said she would not have missed this moment for the world.
"I'm here to celebrate the World Series and feel the excitement," the retired caregiver said. "You live with this team the whole year. It's like a marriage. You support them, and you feel the thrill of their success."
--vMaria L. La Ganga in San Francisco
Photo: Confetti rains down on San Francisco Giants players riding in convertibles down Market Street during a parade to celebrate the team's 2012 World Series Championship in downtown San Francisco Wednesday. Credit: Karl Mondon / MCT