Avert your eyes, Celtics  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  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 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 . There was more controversy as it was reported that marijuana lollipops , which are legal in the state of California, were being sold to parade watchers.