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ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves were cheered by hundreds of thousands of fans in a two-stop parade on Friday celebrating the team’s first World Series championship since 1995.
Some schools in the area have closed and students took the opportunity to attend the event.
“That’s what’s fun,” said Braves president Terry McGuirk. âAt each block, there were only children and they were all children. I never, ever expected to see so many little guys.
The parade began in downtown Atlanta, near the former home of the Braves at Turner Field. The route took buses, tanks and vans past a memorial to the late Hall of Famer Hank Aaron at the site of the former Atlanta-Fulton County stadium. The procession then proceeded to Peachtree Street, where fans filled the sidewalks several rows deep.
Atlanta Police estimated that 300,000 to 400,000 fans attended the downtown portion of the parade.
Fan participation was equally strong for the last mile of the parade, which ended at what is now Des Braves’ Truist Park in suburban Cobb County. The stadium was packed. Thousands of additional fans filled the mixed entertainment complex outside the stadium.
The Braves were drawn to Cobb County by tax incentives and the possibility of building a complex of restaurants, shops, apartments and entertainment next to the new stadium, which opened in 2017.
McGuirk said he thought “there were well over a million people” overall.
âThis city has lost its mind and it’s so wonderful to be a part of it,â said McGuirk.
The Braves won the World Series by beating the Houston Astros 7-0 in Game 6 on Tuesday night.
Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, a native of Marietta in suburban Atlanta, had his hometown take on the fans’ 26-year wait to celebrate another championship.
âThis city has wanted a championship for a long time,â Swanson said. âIt’s so cool that they let the schools go out. Seeing children being able to take advantage of this moment and be inspired by it is incomparable.
Despite temperatures in the mid-1940s at the start of the parade, Braves outfielder Joc Pederson wore shorts. Most of his teammates and fans on the street bundled up.
Pederson stayed warm by staying active. Wearing a pearl necklace and pulling a cigar, Pederson tossed more pearl necklaces to fans as if he was in a Mardi Gras parade on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
Pederson also won the World Series last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but said it was his first save.
âIt’s amazing,â Pederson said. âThe participation is unreal. I expected no less. ATL is the best. â¦ I will remember it forever. It’s a special moment.
Braves manager Brian Snitker climbed into the back of a van with his wife, Ronnie. Snitker described the fan participation as “insane”. He said going up in the parade was âphenomenal. â¦ I am so proud of our city and the land of the Braves. What a day.”
Aaron’s wife Billye said at the Truist Park celebration that Hank, who passed away on January 22, “is here with us. He loved the Atlanta Braves and I’m very, very happy to see these young men pick up the torch and carry it.
Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, unable to attend Game 6 because he tested positive for COVID-19, spoke at the ceremony from a luxury suite and said: “The flags fly forever , 2021 will fly forever!
Fans at the stadium were encouraged by broadcaster Joe Simpson to participate in the controversial tomahawk chop chant.
The stadium celebration included a free concert with Atlanta rappers Ludacris and Big Boi.
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