SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of thousands of Giants fans flooded downtown San Francisco on Wednesday, turning the streets into an jubilant sea of orange and black as the Bay Area united to celebrate the team's World Series victory.
A forecast of rain didn't dampen the mood as crowds standing more than 20 people deep along the Market Street parade route chanted, “Let's go Giants,” and waved brooms in the air to celebrate the four-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers.
“It's awesome ... the energy is crazy,” said Mary Houghton, 24, a graduate of Montgomery High School who now lives in San Francisco and watched the parade from Market and Sansome. “Just watching everyone come together, and just be so ecstatic for the same thing. It's just fun when things like this unite communities.”
Organizers expected 1 million revelers to attend. Numerous commuter trains were delayed as fans crammed onboard, and some travelers were turned away from ferries departing Marin County.
In the financial district, fans on top of office buildings shot waves of black and orange confetti from air guns and plastic garbage cans onto the euphoric crowd below.
Four Petaluma natives who grew up watching Giants games together met up on Market Street after making early morning treks from Cotati and the East Bay.
“Today is awesome. Well worth the trouble,” said Justin Norman, 30, a salesman who left Cotati at 6:30 a.m. and made it to the city in two hours. “I worked a 14-hour day yesterday just to be here.”
Derek Wilkins, 30, of Petaluma, was excited to be at the celebration, after living in Boston for several years and missing the 2010 parade because of a midterm.
“Everyone was always talking about how the East Coast fans have all the passion,” Wilkins said. “So this was good West Coast validation.”