Yesterday I was able to make the trek from Bakersfield to Los Angeles for the parade. I brought my D5000 and picked up my sister along the way and set out to celebrate with the 2010 NBA World Champion Lakers. Unfortunately, unlike past years, the parade didn’t end with a rally, but we had a good time nonetheless. As far as the number of people who attended, the latest estimation I heard was about 1 million people. Without further adu, here’s a photo essay of my time at the parade.
We decided to head to the Staples Center first and work our way down Figueroa to get to the Convention Center, the area where we watched the parade from.
Home, sweet home — and A LOT of cops.
My sister couldn’t resist posing with one of the little characters from “Dispicable Me”.
We got our fair share of buzzing at the parade. It wasn’t on the World Cup level, but the vuvuzelas were going strong for the Champs.
The nerve… We don’t even see the green during the parade.
Again, there were A LOT of cops.
The sea of Forum Blue and Gold was amazing to see.
There were definitely some characters at the parade. This guy was hilarious.
The creativity of Lakers fans.
Best seats at the parade.
This is NOT Pau Gasol.
The media was going to need a pencil bigger than this one to write off the Lakers this year.
These guys were the loudest non-vuvuzela blowing fans I heard at the parade.
Just saw the Good Year blimp, and it read Ice Cube’s a… err.. Lakers are champs.
It was crazy packed.
I was lucky to get this spot. Head above the others.
It’s unbelievable how united a city can become because of a sports team.
I loved this. Finger wrapped and all.
The ubiquitous Lakers girls.
Kobe greeting the people. You wouldn’t believe how happy he looked on that float.
How many rings do you have now, Kobe? Five? Damn, that’s a grip.
I was trying to figure out if it was Sasha or Ron who brought Delonte West.
Magic was jubilant as always.
A.C. Green… and some women.
Kareem was the exact opposite of Kobe. Looked like he was brainstorming ideas for his next book: 1,000,001 Things To Do Instead Of Being In a Parade
And there it is, Congrats to the Lakers who brought home the title for the 16th time.