On Wednesday November 3, 2010 the city of San Francisco will host a victory parade for their World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The parade will follow the historic route taken by Giant players and coaches to celebrate their move to San Francisco from New York City in 1958.
In the pantheon of Giants history, there is an iconic photo every Giant fan knows well: a smiling, waving Willie Mays sitting atop the back seat of a convertible next to infielder Hank Sauer amid a parade of cars driving down Montgomery Street, a huge sign high above them celebrating “Welcome SF Giants”. It was 1958, and San Franciscans came out by the thousands to welcome their new Major League team to the West Coast.
On Wednesday, the Giants will replicate the 1958 route, starting at 11:00 AM at the corner of Washington and Montgomery Streets. The parade of champions will go southbound on Montgomery to Market Street. right (west) on Market to Civic Center Plaza. On the steps of City Hall, Mayor Gavin Newsom will present the team with key to the city. Giants front office executives, Manager Bruce Bochy and his coaches, and all the winning Giant players are expected to be on hand.
After their Monday night World Series win over the Texas Rangers at Rangers Stadium in Arlington, Giants fans throughout San Francisco celebrated their team’s victory well into the night. Thousands of people gathered at AT&T Park at 3rd and King Streets, then marched down 3rd to Market Street stopping at sports bars and any establishment that served adult beverages along the way. In the Marina District, and at the corner of Market and Castro Streets, thousands more fans spilled into the surrounding neighborhoods as the party that waited 56 years to happen exploded in happy celebration. Because the San Francisco Giants have won the 2010 World Series!