Hundreds of Thousands Fans Celebrate Braves Title in Parade

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ATLANTA—The Atlanta Braves were cheered by hundreds of thousands of fans successful a two-stage parade connected Friday celebrating the team’s archetypal World Series title since 1995.

Some country schools closed, and students seized the accidental to be the event.

“That’s what the amusive portion of this is,” Braves president Terry McGuirk said. “Every artifact it was conscionable kids and it was each kids. Never, ne'er did I expect to spot that galore small guys.”

The parade started successful downtown Atlanta, adjacent the Braves’ erstwhile location astatine Turner Field. The way took the busses, floats and pickup trucks past a memorial to precocious Hall of Famer Hank Aaron astatine the tract of aged Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The procession past headed to Peachtree Street, wherever fans packed sidewalks respective rows deep.

Braves Parade Baseball Atlanta Braves players observe the team’s triumph during a triumph parade, successful Atlanta, connected Nov. 5, 2021. (Brynn Anderson/AP Photo)

Atlanta constabulary estimated 300,000 to 400,000 fans attended the downtown information of the parade.

The instrumentality turnout was likewise beardown for the last mile of the parade, which ended astatine the Braves’ current

Truist Park successful suburban Cobb County. The stadium was filled. Thousands much fans packed the mixed-entertainment analyzable extracurricular the stadium.

The Braves were lured to Cobb County by taxation incentives and the quality to physique a analyzable of dining, shopping, apartments and amusement adjacent to the caller stadium, which opened successful 2017.

McGuirk said helium thought “there were good much than a cardinal people” overall.

“This metropolis has mislaid its caput and it’s truthful fantastic to beryllium a portion of it,” McGuirk said.

The Braves clinched the World Series by beating the Houston Astros 7–0 successful Game 6 connected Tuesday night.

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, a autochthonal of Marietta successful suburban Atlanta, had a hometown position connected the fans’ 26-year hold to observe different championship.

“This metropolis has been wanting a title for a agelong time,” Swanson said. “It’s conscionable truthful chill they fto schools out. To spot kids beryllium capable to bask this infinitesimal and beryllium inspired by this moment, it’s 2nd to none.”

Despite temperatures successful the mid-40s astatine the commencement of the parade, Braves outfielder Joc Pederson wore shorts. Most of his teammates and fans successful the thoroughfare bundled up.

Pederson stayed lukewarm by remaining active. Wearing a pearl necklace and puffing connected a cigar, Pederson tossed much pearl necklaces to the fans arsenic if helium were successful a Mardi Gras parade connected Bourbon Street successful New Orleans.

Pederson besides won the World Series past play with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but helium said this was his archetypal parade.

“This is incredible,” Pederson said. “The turnout is unreal. I didn’t expect thing less. The A-T-L is the best. … I’ll retrieve it forever. It’s a peculiar moment.”

Braves Parade Baseball Fans cheer the 2021 World Series shot champion Atlanta Braves during a triumph parade successful Atlanta, connected Nov. 5, 2021. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Braves manager Brian Snitker rode successful the backmost of a pickup motortruck with his wife, Ronnie. Snitker described the instrumentality turnout arsenic “insane.” He said riding successful the parade was “phenomenal. … I’m truthful arrogant of our metropolis and Braves country. What a day.”

Aaron’s wife, Billye, said astatine the Truist Park solemnisation that Hank, who died connected Jan. 22, “is present with us. He loved the Atlanta Braves and I americium truthful very, precise blessed to spot these young men who person picked up the mantle and carried it on.”

Braves wide manager Alex Anthopoulos, incapable to be Game 6 due to the fact that helium tested affirmative for COVID-19, spoke astatine the ceremonial from a luxury suite and said “Flags alert forever, 2021 volition alert forever!”

Fans astatine the stadium were encouraged by broadcaster Joe Simpson to enactment successful the arguable tomahawk chop chant.

The solemnisation astatine the stadium included a escaped performance featuring Atlanta rappers Ludacris and Big Boi.

By Charles Odum

The Associated Press


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