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World Series parade for S.F. Giants planned for Halloween

October 29, 2012 |  7:26 am

 

Orange and black will be all over San Francisco on Wednesday — and not because it's Halloween.

A ticker-tape parade is planned down Market Street for the Giants after they clinched the World Series on Sunday in a four-game sweep against the Detroit Tigers.

"The rain in Detroit couldn't dampen the drive, talent and determination of the San Francisco Giants team tonight," Mayor Edwin Lee said Sunday in a statement announcing the celebration. "Once again, the Giants brought our city together as we all cheered on our hometown heroes to another remarkable World Series victory."

Thousands of fans crowded the San Francisco Civic Center plaza Sunday night to watch the Giants on a hastily erected Jumbotron — an undulating mass of happy humanity.

"No way was I going to miss this," said Eric Reynolds, 42, of Walnut Creek. Reynolds was sitting in folding chairs with Shari Mofin, both bundled up against the chill of an October San Francisco night. "This is a great party."

About a mile away, on storied Nob Hill, a neighborhood bar called Zeki's was jammed and jumping. The crowd went wild — cheers of "Let's Go Giants!" rang out across California Street — when Ryan Theriot crossed home plate for the go-ahead run.

And again when closer Sergio Romo struck out the first and then the second Detroit batters in the bottom of the 10th inning. And when the final Tiger struck out and the Giants became World Series champions yet again, every hand in the house reached for the ceiling.

An unintelligible roar rang out. The bar cranked up Journey's "Don't Stop Believing," and the cars driving by honked and honked. Cable cars making their way down California Street rang their bells.

"I'm an L.A. boy, but it's hard not to root for the Giants," beamed owner Nick Rothman, as he tried to keep the celebration — and the alcohol — inside the crowded pub.

"I am ecstatic," said Justin Inman, who lives across the street, as he wormed his way out of the crowd. "I was an Angels fan. I've been converted. I was here when they won in 2010 and this is just as magical."

For days, city landmarks have been bathed in orange, from City Hall and Coit Tower to skyscrapers and the historic Fairmont Hotel. All day Sunday, residents and visitors paraded around town in World Series champions shirts from 2010 and "Fear the Beard" tees, referring to beloved closer Brian Wilson, on the disabled list for most of this season.

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— Maria L. LaGanga in San Francisco

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