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Huge parade today to celebrate S.F. Giants' World Series win

October 31, 2012 |  7:56 am
SF Giants fans

Tens of thousands of fans are expected to line Market Street in San Francisco on Wednesday for a colorful show of orange and black as the newly crowned World Series champions the Giants are honored with a ticker tape parade.

The parade will begin at the foot of Market Street at Steuart Street at 11 a.m., according to San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. Fans will celebrate the baby-faced cuteness of Buster Posey, the Kung-Fu Pandaness of Pablo Sandoval and the clutch hitting of infielder Marco Scutaro.

The parade will travel up Market Street, to McAllister Street, to City Hall and Civic Center Plaza, where Lee will present the entire team with a Key to the City, Lee said in a statement.

Public officials said the sidewalks lining the parade route and the celebration at the Civic Center Plaza are open to the public and suggest fans take public transportation and arrive early "as parking and traffic will be extremely difficult." Local transit agencies are boosting service in anticipation of large crowds.

Calling it a "family focused event for baseball fans" and alcohol-free, officials said they will "not tolerate misbehavior at the parade or after the civic celebration," according to the statement. The comments appear to be a message aimed a dissuading fans from some of the rowdy behavior that followed Sunday's championship win.

Soon after the clinching victory over the Detroit Tigers, a large celebration in the street turned raucous as some late-night crowds overturned two cars, pelted police with beer bottles and burned a city bus, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Authorities said afterward that 36 people were arrested, 23 charged with felonies and 13 with misdemeanors.

Some news agencies are reporting that more than a million people are expected to attend the event.

The city also plans to stream live video from the celebration online, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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Photo: Janet Clark, 50, of Paradise, waits at the Civic Center in San Francisco for the Giants World Series celebration to begin. Credit: Maria La Ganga / Los Angeles Times

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