Houston honors World Series champion Astros with parade

The city of Houston gathered downtown to celebrate the Astros' first ever World Series championship.

HOUSTON  — Beneath towering buildings was a monumental sight Friday afternoon: The World Series-winning Astros gave hundreds of thousands of fans another spectacular show.

Friday evening, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the approximate estimate of fans who turned out for the parade was between 750,000 and 1 million.

The fans were draped in orange and blue Astros gear and were crowded the park in front of City Hall. Many of them waded into a large reflecting pool amid increasing humidity and temperatures in the mid-80s.

“Houston Astros,  baby!” said one fan as the Astros players passed by, riding aboard fire trucks.

Smart phones rose from the orange clad crowd to capture the excitement.

“We made history!” screamed another fan. Many along the route secured their spots early Friday morning, including Jose Zamarita and his family.

“Cause I love the Astros, cause we deserve this, we need this,” said Zamarita. His son plays for a little league team also named The Astros.

Watch: Hundreds of thousands turn out for Astros victory parade


Another great perspective of the parade was from parking garages. People packed several of them along the parade route.

“We work in that building over there, so we were like let’s just come down,” said one downtown worker.

The hours upon hours of waiting was well worth it for fans of all ages.

“I think the city of Houston is just really enjoying themselves and we’re all here for a good time,” said another fan.

They made a memory with a team who made history when we needed them most. 


 
Parade Highlights

4:50 p.m.

World Series MVP George Springer thanked Houston Astros fans for believing in the team as it rallied to win the franchise’s first championship.

Springer spoke during a rally Friday outside Houston City Hall after a victory parade downtown that attracted hundreds of thousands of people.

Springer told the crowd he was twice told the Astros weren’t supposed to win. The first time was in New York, after the Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the American League Championship Series. The second time was in Los Angeles when the Dodgers forced a Game 7 in the World Series.

He asked the cheering crowd: “How did that work out?” He also encouraged fans to celebrate and enjoy the win.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch thanked his players during the rally, “for how much you love each other and …for making Houston a championship city.”

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4:15 p.m.

Hundreds of thousands of people cheered on the Houston Astros as the World Series champs spent an hour traveling in fire trucks and double-decker buses during a victory parade in downtown Houston.

The parade ended Friday afternoon in front of Houston City Hall, where team owner Jim Crane joined manager A.J. Hinch and coaches on a stage.

Each Astros player was introduced to cheers. The crowd chanted “MVP” as American League MVP candidate Jose Altuve was introduced. Carlos Correa cradled the World Series trophy.

2:15 p.m.

Astros players have climbed atop fire trucks in downtown Houston for a parade honoring their World Series title.

The World Series trophy was carried by series MVP George Springer. He planted the trophy at the front of one of the trucks before they started down a route lined with tens of thousands of cheering fans.

Four military jets soared above the sea of orange and blue T-shirts, jerseys, pennants and banners. The NASA T-38 jet aircraft are based at nearby Johnson Space Center.

Some fans are having difficulty getting into downtown, as Houston's public transit agency appears overwhelmed by the crush of people using public transportation to attend the parade.

City officials had urged people to use public transit because of heavy traffic and limited parking downtown. Transit officials say they're adding capacity.

City officials also quickly extended the parade's route by a few blocks after more fans than expected poured into downtown.

Photos: Astros fans pack downtown for World Series Parade

1 p.m.

The World Series champion Houston Astros have not made the decision yet on whether to visit the White House if President Donald Trump extends an invitation.

Such visits are common for title-winning teams. The New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Penguins and Clemson Tigers have all traveled to the White House in this past year. The Golden State Warriors did not make the trip after being disinvited by Trump.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch says the nation is highly polarized right now and the day of the team's celebratory parade might not be the best time to decide. He says the decision will be made in time.

World Series MVP George Springer says he's visited the White House before and will go if the team goes.

12:35 p.m.

Houston officials are extending the parade route honoring the World Series champion Astros after more fans than expected showed up for the festivities.

Thousands of people wearing the baseball team's orange and blue colors are standing more than 10 rows deep along downtown streets, still two hours ahead of the start of the 2 p.m. parade.

Others are claiming bird's-eye views from the upper floors of parking structures along the now 20-block parade route, draping banners down the walls. So many people are showing up that city officials extended the route an extra two blocks.

LaShawn Harris is among those fans. Dressed in an Astros T-shirt and cap, along with a fanny pack with gold colored sequins, Harris led other waiting fans in a cheer of "Let's go Astros! Let's go Astros!"

The 47-year-old Harris says she got up at 5 a.m. so she, her two nieces and her granddaughter could get "a good spot."

10 a.m.

Hundreds of Astros fans are lining up along streets in downtown Houston, hours before a parade to honor the World Series champions.

Two of those fans are Manuel Mejia and his 15-year-old son, Jonah. By 9 a.m. on Friday, the pair had set up four foldable chairs at a street corner where they'll be able to see the start and end of the parade.

The parade is set to begin at 2 p.m.

The 43-year-old father says he's been an Astros fan since his father took him to his first Astros game when he was 8 years old. But he also says the World Series win is great for all of Houston, as the city continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

The Houston school district cancelled classes on Friday so students, staff and their families could attend the parade.

12 a.m.

Houston is gearing up to pay tribute to the Astros and their World Series triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The new champs will be honored with a parade that starts at 2 p.m. Friday and travels through downtown Houston, culminating in a rally on the City Hall steps. Mayor Sylvester Turner will be the master of ceremonies.

The Astros took the series with a Game 7 win Wednesday in Los Angeles.

All classes in the Houston school district have been canceled for the day.

© 2017 Associated Press


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