Tens of thousands of fans flocked to downtown to toast the San Francisco Giants' World Series championship and see their hometown heroes take a victory lap on Wednesday in a ticker-tape parade reminiscent of the one held when the team moved from New York 52 years ago.
"This is Christmas, New Year's and your first-born all rolled into one," said Steve Williams, 51, an usher at AT&T Park as he gathered with Giants employees at the start of the parade in the financial district. "I'm on cloud nine."
Fans crowded the sidewalks and flooded Civic Center to salute a team of self-described misfits and castoffs.
Under a sunny sky, confetti rained on team members and civic dignitaries as they rode down the parade route in convertibles and cable cars on wheels. Street lamps were festooned with orange and black _ the team's colors. Large banners proclaimed the Giants as this year's World Series champions, as if the crowd needed to be reminded.