Wow this was fun. Felt amazing. Very little trouble, just joy and celebration from a region that has waited for this for generations.
Getting around was not easy
Here’s where we stopped – E.9th and Superior. After waiting about 2 hours JR Smith finally parted the crowd and started the fun.
Look at that crowd up East 9th! This is from the top of the building we were in front of on Superior & East 9th
Wherever fans could get up to get a look they went for it. Here’s the Q parking garage at the start of the parade.
JR was the first guy in the parade and he stood shirtless the whole time. The joy in his face was amazing and infectious.
The crowds were so big that the police and volunteers couldn’t keep the road clear. The parade slowed as they had to creep through the crowd. Literally a single violent issue reported – a teenager shooting another teenager in the leg on the way home.
The King posed in front of his sign and people went nuts! The two princes are up front.
As the parade started the end of the route clogged completely. I’m in this picture – one of the wine-colored specks to the left of the tree center-bottom.
Downtown was swamped. This is the intersection of Prospect/Huron/East 9th
K Love smiled more in one day than he had in 2 years! He had his championship belt and the love of the fans to get him through to the rally at Mall C.
You know several of the Spiderman movies filmed in Cleveland…
Using the camera zoom lens down East 9th to see if the parade is starting yet
A good overview of the parade en-route. It started at the Q (top left – slanted roof), then (counterclockwise) up Ontario, left on Carnegie, left on East 9th, all the way up to Lakeside, then another left to Mall C. You can see the rally crowd already formed top center with the Browns stadium beyond them. Methinks that’s more than 1.3 million folks.
A shot of the rally crowd on Mall C waiting for the parade to complete. You can see the Rock Hall in the distance.