SF Giants World Series 2012 Victory Parade Photo Highlights

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Madison Bumgarner is overwhelmed with a blanket of confetti. All photos by Michael Jeong.

Forecast for the weather this Halloween for the San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade was a heavy downpour of Cain, not rain. The players arrived to the parade start with police escorts and hopped into sleek detailed luxury convertibles. The parade started down on Steuart and Market Streets, where fans started gathering as early as 6 A.M. to get in position to have a great view of all the players from which this World Series title would not have been possible without. Over a million fans and spectators were estimated to have been at SF’s Civic Center and the parade route.

The parade down Market St. had a line-up of sportscasters, local and state politicians, marching bands, special event cultural groups, SF Giants Alumni, the Junior Giants, team mascots from the SF Giants affiliates, and team and park employees with their family.

Parade procession down Market St. with the Ferry Building in the distance.

Following the beginning portion of the parade the confetti started to fly with Manager Bruce Bochy riding in a Rolls Royce holding the Commissioners Trophy. Fans cheered to a deafening level as they got the opportunity to see first hand the 2012 World Series Trophy live.

Players sitting on the back seats of their convertibles were greeted by the crowds to the left and right of the parade route with a roar of cheers, most often chanting that specific player’s name. As players were asked to stay in their vehicles one rebel of the group, Sergio Romo, decided to jump out of his car and ran around to rally up the crowd. He wore a t-shirt that brought a lot of attention that read, “I Just Look Illegal”.

Sergio Romo proudly wears his “I Just Look Illegal” t-shirt.

Other players such as Outfielder Hunter Pence with his two hands formed a heart shape to all his loving fans. Second Baseman Marco Scutaro energized the crowd as he pointed to the fans on the left side of the route as they chanted “Marco”, while alternatingly pointing to the right side as they chanted his last name “Scutaro”. Outfielder Angel Pagan saluted his fans and kept thanking them for their support. Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval raised up his World Series MVP Trophy. As the majority of this team can all probably say, there’s no other moment than to come back home and celebrate with their fans.

The procession that started near the foot of Market St. ended at the base of City Hall at Civic Center Plaza. Renel Brooks-Moon emceed the World Series Victory Program. Entertaining the crowd with the latest in viral songs, Team Mascot Lou Seal, danced to Korean singer PSY’s song “Gangnam Sytle”. However, no one can dance better other than the SF Giants sportscasters Jon Miller and Dave Flemming. Their rendition of the dance humorously entertained all.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee presented Larry Baer and the rest of the SF Giants team with the “Key to the City”. Not only did the team receive this gift, but Mayor Lee presented the first ever in the city’s history the “Broom to the City” for their sweeping, undefeated World Series record. Players were introduced and given the opportunity to thank the fans for all their support.

Mayor Ed Lee presents Larry Baer and the rest of the SF Giants with the “Key to the City” and also the city’s first “Broom to the City”.

Highlights of the program included the team’s pregame warm-up chant with sunflower seeds, fan involvement telling other teams that they were “Out of here”, and the team assembling for a group photo with background music, “We are the Champions” by Queen. Finishing the program in style and fashion, Mr. Tony Bennett sang, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”, known to all SF Giants fans as the song to close out team victories as they exited the stadium. As Tony Bennett concluded his song, streamers and confetti littered the sky.

Until next season, the SF Giants are the reigning World Champions. Let’s bring home another World Series title and celebrate with once more another victory parade.

Here’s a look at some highlights from the festivities:

Fans eager to see the World Series Champs arrive early to get the best vantage point.

 

San Jose Giants team mascot, Gigante, flexes and shows us the way to victory.

 

Mayor Ed Lee wears a bright orange blazer and waves around his orange rally towel.

Willie McCovey waves around his rally towel as he cruises down Market St.

SF Giants team mascot, Lou Seal, performs Korean singer PSY’s “Gangnam Style” dance to the crowd.

Brandon Crawford waves to the energetic crowd.

Tim Lincecum reminds everyone that the San Francisco Giants are still #1.

Hunter Pence hearts his fans for all their support.

Buster Posey gives a thumbs up to fans that are hanging out windows and viewing is at a premium as fans sit atop of bus shelters.

Pablo Sandoval raises his World Series MVP trophy to the fans.

 

Beach Blanket Babylon opens with a short performance for the World Series Victory Parade Program.

Sportscasters Jon Miller and Dave Flemming go at it “Gangnam Style” on stage with the whole crowd laughing.

Following Tony Bennett’s singing of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” confetti and streamers fill the sky.

 

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