Fans stake out prime spots for Giants parade

SAN FRANCISCO — Orange-and-black clad hordes began flooding the streets of San Francisco on Wednesday for a Halloween Day ticker-tape parade celebrating the 2012 World Series champion Giants.

Three hours before the start of the parade, thousands of people decked out in Giants gear or Halloween costumes were already staking out prime spots behind barriers along Market Street.

Vendors also got an early start hawking everything from pennants to lawn chairs from makeshift sidewalk stands amid the crush of the morning commute.

Fans also gathered at City Hall, where the team will address the crowd after the parade.

Numerous commuter trains were delayed as revelers crammed onboard, and some travelers were turned away from ferry service from Marin County.

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