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Die-hard Giants fans crowd parade route for World Series hoopla

October 31, 2012 | 10:44 am
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The die-hard San Francisco Giants fans showed up early, caging spots along Market Street in the damp darkness of 5 a.m. -- hours before the celebration was scheduled to begin.

Work crews had barely finished festooning the parade route with black, orange and white balloons. The pavement was slick and rain threatened. But it didn't matter. Not here.

The City that Knows How was getting ready to celebrate two of its favorite events: Halloween and the Giants' 2012 World Series championship. It was hard at times to tell the two apart.

A grim reaper with a pumpkin head (black and orange, team colors) lined up for a $5 morning hot dog. Legions of children -- and adults, too -- looked more or less like pandas, an homage to third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who hit three home runs in Game One of the Series against the Detroit Tigers. And the voluptuous young woman in red sequined hot pants and a sheer black blouse? Anyone's guess.

Streets were blocked off and traffic was snarled. BART added trains but was still showing delays.

Jesus Zavala, who lives in the tiny Central Valley town of Planada, worked the graveyard shift at E. & J. Gallo Winery and hit the road for the celebration with 20 or so friends in tow.

"We were making some wine and clocked out early," Zavala said as he waited for the party to begin. "Got in the car at 4 a.m. And got here at 7:30."

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-- Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco

Photo: San Francisco Giants fan Janet Clark of Paradise, Calif., celebrates her team's World Series victory. Credit: Maria L. La Ganga/ Los Angeles Times

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