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Lakers celebrate finals win with parade

Posted By Sam Dykstra On June 21, 2010 @ 5:03 pm In General | 3 Comments

Avert your eyes, Celtics [1] fans, but the rival Lakers and their rooters are spending Monday lining the streets of LA in celebration of this year’€™s seven-game NBA finals [2] victory over the men in green.

Local officials expected around two million supporters to line the two-mile route, and thousands had already filed in by the morning. The police were out en masse to hopefully quell any exuberant celebration that may have erupted in a similar fashion to the violence that occurred the night the Lakers won Game 7.

The Lakers themselves rode on a flatbed float and talked to the crowd through a microphone. However, unlike past years, there wasn’€™t a rally of any sort following the parade, meaning there would be no moments like Pat Riley’€™s guarantee or Mark Madsen’€™s dance [3]at this year’€™s festivities.

The team announced a few days prior that it would pay the entire cost of the nearly $2 million parade.

Before it even started, there was already a little bit of controversy, though. Earlier in the day, many along the parade route had complained about a lack of portable toilets [4]. There was more controversy as it was reported that marijuana lollipops [5], which are legal in the state of California, were being sold to parade watchers.

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[1] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[2] NBA finals: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nba-finals.htm

[3] here would be no moments like Pat Riley’€™s guarantee or Mark Madsen’€™s dance : http://multimedia.foxsports.com/m/video/22991529/lakers-parade-flashbacks.htm?pageid=15282

[4] a lack of portable toilets: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/06/no-porta-potties-on-laker-parade-route-leaves-some-fans-uncomfortable.html

[5] marijuana lollipops: http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/06/21/lakers-parade-route-offers-high-times-marijuana-lollipops-for/

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