After 27 pandemic months of economic strains, emptied sidewalks and decay, San Francisco’s Market Street will be in the spotlight for a strikingly different reason: a celebratory parade for the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship triumph over the Boston Celtics.
“Market Street since the pandemic has felt empty, sort of a ghost town,” said Marisa Rodriguez, executive director of the Union Square Alliance. San Francisco officials and local business groups spent the weekend preparing for the masses to arrive.
Here are the parade details:
Time: It starts at approximately 11:20 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.
Route: The parade will begin on Market and Main streets in downtown San Francisco. The Golden State Warriors will make their way up to Market and Eighth streets, where the parade will end around 2 p.m. The stretch is just over a mile.
What about the rally? Unlike with previous victory celebrations in downtown San Francisco, there will be no post-parade rally at Civic Center in 2022.
What about TV coverage? Live coverage of the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area, as well as on the radio beginning at 6 a.m. on 95.7 FM. The Bay Area’s commercial TV networks will also cover the parade live.
Taking BART: Monday could be one of the busiest days in BART history, the agency said. BART’s four downtown San Francisco stations will take riders directly to the parade. The agency is bracing for a surge in crowds and will deploy more employees at stations and run “as many as 12 special event trains” in addition to regular service Monday, according to BART’s service plan.
Taking Muni: Muni will run its buses and trains on a Sunday schedule — meaning they’ll operate less frequently than they do on weekdays — because of the Juneteenth holiday. But the agency said it will add extra trips on bus lines, including the 38/38R-Geary, 14/14R-Mission, 9-San Bruno and S Subway Shuttles. Details about the schedule changes can be found here.
Read more about getting to and from the parade here.
Meanwhile, with free agency set to begin at the start of the new league year on July 1, significant decisions regarding the retention of key role players are imminent. Will the Warriors stay intact? Here’s what Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and others are saying.
Plus: Warriors’ Steph Curry owes Kendrick Perkins and all the haters a thank-you, writes columnist Scott Ostler.
Around the Bay
• Weather forecast: After a cool weekend that brought snow flurries to Tahoe, a heat wave is coming. Here’s what to expect.
• Fish get a lift: About 200,000 baby salmon were released into San Francisco Bay in a bid to save them from drought conditions that threaten their swim to the ocean.
• Retail theft: Hooded, masked men smashed display cases and stole high-end watches from a Bay Area Macy’s.
• ‘Anti-Asian’ vandalism: A Bay Area home was targeted twice over the weekend with slurs painted on its real estate for-sale sign and then on the garage door, police said.
• ‘Celebration of freedom’: A large crowd turned out in West Oakland for a block party marking Juneteenth and commemorating the first anniversary of the Black Panther Party Mini Museum.
• To the dogs: Corgis invaded S.F.’s Ocean Beach as the treasured Corgi Con dog festival returned.
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