Oct 31, 2014 3:57 AM
San Francisco to mark World Series win with parade
The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Police say up to 2 million Giants fans could turn out to cheer the World Series champions in a downtown San Francisco parade featuring double-decker buses for the players and floats of the Golden Gate Bridge.
One of the floats will be of a panda in honor of third-baseman Pablo Sandoval. Teammates have nicknamed Sandoval "Kung Fu Panda."
Rain will likely pelt on the parade, which begins at Market and Steuart streets at noon and then heads to San Francisco City Hall and Civic Center Plaza, where Mayor Ed Lee will honor the team with a giant onstage ceremony.
The 3-2 victory Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals was the Giants' third World Series championship in five years. Players, including the series' Most Valuable Player, 25-year-old pitcher Madison Bumgarner, will ride in double-decker buses. The streets are expected to be awash in orange and black.
Parade efforts were long underway before Sandoval made the final grab and dropped on his back on the field in victory.
"Unlike most parades where we have weeks and months to plan, this all kind of came down the pipes over the course of days. So we're doing about a month's work in about a week," The Parade Guys' Stephanie Mufson told ABC7 News. The San Francisco company started building the floats earlier this week waiting for the final out would have been too late.
The parade is free and open to the public.
Police Chief Greg Suhr said there will be at least 20 percent more officers on the streets Friday with police dogs helping with security.
"We will prepare for any inevitability, but we are hoping for the best," Suhr said Thursday, adding that crowds are expected to be massive. "I wouldn't be surprised if there were 2 million people in San Francisco (for the event) Friday."
Suhr said he hopes the parade will bring out the best in fans.
Following the win Wednesday, fans initially gathered in the streets and uncorked champagne, dancing and hugging strangers. But the celebration quickly turned raucous and violent, as about 100 revelers vandalized police cars and businesses and pelted officers with bottles.
Forty people were arrested for public drunkenness, assaults and outstanding warrants. Nine police cars were damaged, and three officers went to the hospital with injuries, Suhr said. Two people were shot and two people were stabbed in separate incidents. All of the victims are expected to live.