<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - ]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/feature/giants-victory-parade http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:36:05 -0700 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:36:05 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Giants Celebration Cost SF $225K -- But Muni More]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:42:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/155077440_8.jpg
The celebratory parade and confetti shower along Market Street and into Civic Center Plaza last week to mark the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory cost San Francisco $225,000, according to the Mayor's Office.
That's not counting celebratory Muni bus burnings, of course.
The Giants paid the $1 million necessary to set up the city for the celebration, according to the San Francisco Examiner. And the extra $225,000 bill was more than offset by the "economic impact" of the parade and celebration, according to a spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Lee.
"Visitor spending" pumped anywhere between $18 million and $40 million into the local economy, according to the newspaper. In other words, a lot of Panda hats and Let Timmy Smoke t-shirts.

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<![CDATA[Alleged Muni-Smasher Pleads Not Guilty]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:41:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/164*120/graniss.JPG

 A 22-year old accused of throwing a metal barricade through the front windshield of a Muni bus shortly before it was set aflame pleaded not guilty to two felony counts, but also apologized for his actions, according to reports.

Gregory Graniss, 22, was arrested and charged last week for his role in the vandalism and arson of a $700,000 Muni bus on Oct. 29, following the Giants' World Series victory, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Shortly after Graniss was photographed smashing the bus, other vandals set it aflame. A photo of who police say is Graniss throwing a metal barricade through the windshield was widely circulated on social media.
A former high school basketball player from Novato, Graniss was arrested at a San Francisco hotel but is out on $40,000 bail.
In court on Monday, Graniss apologized through his attorney, Doug Rappaport, the newspaper reported.
"It's nice to hear that he's apologetic," San Francisco District Attorney Gascón said. "Unfortunately, we have close to a million dollars in damages. ... We had people on that bus that were placed at risk."


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<![CDATA[Reality Check: Playing Hooky for Giants Parade Costs Schools]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:34:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/parade28.jpg Parents who pulled their kids out of school Wednesday cost the district plenty of money. Sam Brock adds up the numbers.

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<![CDATA[Muni Insurance Won't Cover $700K Bus Burning]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:32:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/164*120/graniss.JPG
The night the Giants won the World Series is turning out to be a $1 million- evening for Muni -- as in, $1 million up in smoke.
The transit agency's insurance policy doesn't cover burned buses, which means Muni is on the hook for the $700,000 bus torched by celebrating fans, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. What's more, that particular bus had just undergone a $300,000 refurbishment last year, the newspaper reported.
Good thing the Giants don't win a championship every year.
The bus was burned at Third and Market streets in San Francisco a week ago Sunday, the newspaper reported. The bus was full of passengers at the time, the newspaper reported.
No injuries were reported, and bus driver Alan Yam gets the credit for that, the newspaper reported. Passengers "began to feel the bus itself shuddering as the mob descended on it," the newspaper reported.
Yam had the passengers sit tight until the mob began smashing windows, at which point he helped people get off the bus, the newspaper reported.
Cops have arrested Gregory Tyler Graniss, 22, of San Francisco, for allegedly using a metal barricade to smash the bus's front windows. The other arsonists are still at large.
To see some of that burning Muni video, click here.

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<![CDATA[Debate Erupts Over Romo's "I Just Look Illegal" Shirt]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 07:40:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/romoparade.jpg

San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo made a political statement during his team's World Series Championship parade on Wednesday. Or at least his T-shirt did.

Romo sported a blue T-shirt that proclaimed "I Just Look Illegal," a move that has sparked debate. 
Some support the tongue-in-cheek message his shirt espoused - there's even a "Drop the I-Word" campaign, where advocates say that people shouldn't be called "illegals."
Others were more critical, wondering if the message was appropriate, and they didn't like that such a big sports star would use a parade as a platform to grandstand about politics.
At least in San Jose, Zelica Rodriguez-Deans of Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network, liked his message. The only thing she would have liked better was that he use the word "undocumented," instead of illegal. 
Romo, from Brawley in Imperial County, about 30 miles north of the Mexican border, has worn his Mexican-American heritage with pride before, according to multiple reports. In the past, he's worn a shirt that said "Made in the USA with Parts From Mexico," the newspaper reported.
Romo did not mention the shirt in his remarks at the podium in front of City Hall on Wednesday. Not directly, anyway.
"Look at the diversity," he said, looking out over the crowd. "The different faces from different places, the different strokes."
"We all had one, how do you say, dream," he said. "You should be proud. ... I am very proud."
The shirt is now a hot item on eBay and other online retailers.

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<![CDATA[SF Mayor Unsure Of Giants Parade Cost]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:32:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/Giant+Celebration-036.JPG
The San Francisco Giants' World Series Championship parade in San Francisco on Wednesday cost the Giants $1 million. But that doesn't cover the cost of cleanup, transit, and police, which was the city's part of the bill.
And that bill? Unknown, according to Mayor Ed Lee's office.
The mayor's office is "stumped" as to how much the 2010 or 2012 championship parades cost in cleanup or security, according to the San Francisco Appeal online newspaper.
Lee said that San Francisco expected to spend this year the same that was spent in 2010. That figure is unavailable.
San Francisco police believe one million people lined Market Street and jammed Civic Center to see the Giants in person, according to the newspaper.
Some numbers were ready at hand, however: A total of 22 people were arrested, and BART recorded 568,061 "exits," for its heaviest-day of ridership ever.

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<![CDATA[Highlights Of The Giants Victory Celebration]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 08:03:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GEORGEPARADEHIGHLIGHTSFORWEB_7665729_722x406_5489731701.jpg It's estimated that 1 million people came out to celebrate the Giants World Series win in San Francisco on Wednesday. Fans enjoyed a parade, Tony Bennett and broadcasters dancing Gangnam style. George Kiriyama reports.]]> <![CDATA[Raw Video: Giants Parade]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:47:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/parade161.jpg Raw video footage of the Giants Parade in San Francisco on Oct 13, 2012.

<![CDATA[Giants World Series Team Introduced at Celebration]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:46:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WGIANTSINTROS_7660954_722x406_5448259703.jpg The winning Giants team is introduced at the Giants Celebration in downtown San Francisco on Oct. 31, 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Giants Celebrate to 'We Are the Champions']]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:30:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WCHAMPIONS_7661325_722x406_5445188002.jpg The Giants celebrate their World Series victory at a ceremony in their honor on Oct. 31, 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Pence, Pagan and Others on Stage at Giants Celebration]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:20:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WPENCEPAGANMORE_7661158_722x406_5445699924.jpg Hunter Pence, Angel Pagan are joined by the team on stage at the Giants Celebration on San Francisco on Oct 31, 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Tony Bennett Sings at the Giants Celebration]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:49:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WTONY_7661346_722x406_5444676002.jpg Legendary singer Tony Bennett sang at the end of the Giants Celebration in downtown San Francisco on Oct 31, 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Romo, Posey and Cain Speak at the Giants Celebration]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:17:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WROMOPOSEY_7661151_722x406_5444163968.jpg Matt Cain, Buster Posey and Sergio Romo address the fans at the Giants Celebration in downtown San Francisco on Oct 31, 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Vogelsong and Zito Speak at the Giants Celebration]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:47:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WVOGELZITO_7661143_722x406_5446211592.jpg Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito address the crowd at the Giants Celebration in downtown San Francisco on Oct 31, 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro Speak]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:47:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WPABLOMARCO_7661132_722x406_5445699655.jpg Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro speak at the Giants Celebration in downtown San Francisco on Oct 31, 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Giants to SF: We Are All World Series Champions]]> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:20:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*122/155065865_8.jpg

It seemed as if no one went to work on Wednesday. At least no one who cared anything about baseball. Especially Giants baseball.

Crowds began to clog BART and Caltrain early in the morning. Hundreds and thousands of - and maybe even a million or more - people lined San Francisco's Market Street and later, at the Civic Center, all to watch the World Series-winning Giants strut their stuff at a citywide celebration and parade.

Confetti blew in the breeze, broadcasters danced "Gangnam" style and the crowd went ga-ga over the studly baseball players who swept the World Series Sunday night against the Detroit Tigers. It was the Giants' second World Series win since 2010.

"This was our dream...to be the World Series champions," the bearded Giants pitcher Sergio Romo told fans at the Civic Center. "And we wouldn't have that dream without you. You need to be proud. We are all World Series champions."

The crowd went nuts for Romo, and the rest of the team. But the fans were juiced all day, starting from the wee hours of the morning, even when the rain was pouring down, because they wanted a front row seat. The official parade and celebration lasted four hours.

The energy just kept growing all day long. It grew when baseball legend Willy Mays drove by during the 11 a.m. parade, followed by Giants General Manager Brian Sabean. And that energy seemed to explode when the actual Giants stars began rolling down Market Street. Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Angel Pagan and the rest of the crew - some with wives, babies and children in tow - all received thunderous cheers as they passed by the throngs of fans. Even the confetti seemed to fly higher when the team drove by.

"This is crazy!" Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro, who made the last hit in the last inning during the winning game, told reporters at the parade. "We've made so many people happy. This is what you live for. I'm just trying to enjoy it right now."

Fans definitely were full of joy.

Mark Bloom, a huge Giants fan and a rabbi at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland, took the day off to watch the parade with his sons, Micah, 12, and Jonah, 10. He and two other fathers and their children left from BART's 12th Street station in Oakland and arrived to San Francisco before 8 a.m.

"We got the last front row seat," Bloom said.

Bloom attended the 2010 festivities when the Giants won that year, and didn't bring his boys.

"I never heard the end of it," Bloom said. "I got a mulligan this year. School is important. But life is important, too...to be part of a celebration that an entire city is celebrating. It's a wonderful feeling to remember forever."

Bloom wasn't the first one in line, for sure. Plenty of people took public transportation to San Francisco. The Caltrain Diridon station's parking lot in San Jose was full early in the morning. BART broke its all-time daily record of 522,000 riders, which was set during the World Series of 2010 - with ridership of more than 568,000 commuters.

Despite the early morning rain Wednesday pelting down on San Francisco, there were those die-hard Giants fans who slept overnight and lined up along Market Street before the sun came out.  Marcia Simpson from Pacifica has been a fan since 1965. She said she just had to come early and get a front row spot to be able to see her favorite players revel in glory. Other fans climbed atop signs and poles to catch a better glimpse of the parade.

Elysha Martinez drove from Phoenix. "I drove 12 hours," she said, "to represent my team. I'm tired, but it was worth it."

It seemed to be worth it for the players, too. They graciously took interviews and shook hands. They spoke humbly and with pride about their team and their city. Perhaps Barry Zito, the left-handed pitcher who had a rough run until his amazing comeback during the playoffs, summed it up best.

"The lows have been low and the highs have been high," Zito said. "And this is a high right now. It is such a blessing."


 Stephanie Chuang, Bob Redell, Christina Loren, Diane Dwyer and Laurence Scott contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Giants Broadcasters Go Gangnam Style]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:58:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WGangnamStyle_7660917_722x406_5440067696.jpg Giants broadcasters Jon Miller and Dave Flemming go Gangnam Style at the Giants celebration on Oct. 31, 2012 in San Francisco.]]> <![CDATA[Images From the Giants Celebration]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 19:50:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/Screen+Shot+2012-10-31+at+3.07.57+PM.png Images from the Giants celebration at the Civic Center in San Francisco]]> <![CDATA[Victory Parade Photos]]> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:17:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/parade29.jpg The city of San Francisco celebrated the Giants World Series win of 2012 with a huge parade.

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<![CDATA[Jim Harbaugh, Alex Smith Drive Giants World Series Parade Cars]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:39:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/csncredit.jpg

Earlier Wednesday we told you that Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers were "inspired" by what the Giants did during their run to a World Series title. Perhaps Harbaugh and the Niners were just kissing up to the champs in order to land a spot in the Giants World Series parade?

If that was the case, it worked -- Harbaugh and 49ers quarterback Alex Smith both ended up driving cars in the parade for the Giants.

Harbaugh was behind the wheel for Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, while Smith was driving the car for Giants ace Matt Cain.

Surely you've already been watching the parade, but if not, you can dive on and check out our live stream of the event right now.

The picture above comes courtesy of a Niners Nation reader, and as David Fucillo notes, Harbaugh had Cain with him during a celebrity golf tournament this year and there have been several interactions between the two teams this year.

Smith wore a Giants hat to a postgame press conference and got fined and the entire Giants roster -- mainly Bruce Bochy -- got his back.

So there's a lot of synergy and love between the football and baseball teams in San Francisco. Oddly enough, however, the 49ers actually need to beat the Giants (the football ones anyway) if they want to find themselves celebrating with their own parade.

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<![CDATA[Viewer Photos: Giants Parade]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:05:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/A6jQSRgCAAAPWTZ.jpeg Viewer submitted images from the Giants Celebration in San Francisco.

Photo Credit: Charlie Isaacs]]>
<![CDATA[Fans Ready For Giants Victory Parade]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:42:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/giants-parade-P12.jpg Orange-and-black clad hordes began flooding the streets of San Francisco Wednesday for a Halloween Day ticker-tape parade celebrating the 2012 World Series champion Giants.

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<![CDATA[Meet The Float Crew Before The Giants Victory Parade]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:44:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfparade.jpg Hours before the Giants Victory Parade kicks off Wednesday at 11 a.m., Bob Redell previews some of the floats and crew members who put them together, which will highlight the event.

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<![CDATA[Pre-Dawn Fans Await Giants Victory Parade]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:54:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/STEPHANIE645AMGIANTSHIT_7658553_722x406_5411395903.jpg At least 100 people gathered on Market Street in San Francisco before the sun came up on Wednesday in anticipation of the Giants Victory Parade which kicks off at 11 a.m. Stephanie Chuang reports.]]> <![CDATA[San Francisco Prepares for Giants Celebration]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:13:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cityhallgiants.jpg

San Francisco is ready for a Giants World Series victory celebration.

Balloons and banners are hung at Civic Center Plaza.

Troublemakers are being told to steer clear of the family friendly party. San Francisco Police arrested 35 people after Sunday nights celebration got out of hand.

The District Attorney announced Tuesday he filed criminal charges in 9 of the 11 cases he received so far. Charges range from arson to assault on a peace officer. After some people lit fires and torched a city bus the City Attorney said some people may face more than criminal charges.

Dennis Herrera wants the city to be reimbursed so he plans to go after people civilly.

"You'll be hit in the pocketbook you won't just be criminally prosecuted," Herrera said.

Even before that announcement people on Facebook were demanding accountability. Thousands of people are sharing a picture of a man about to bust a windshield with a barricade. Urging people who know who he is to call the police.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Readies for Giants Parade]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:59:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WPARADE_7655238_722x406_5384771991.jpg It's a race against the clock as San Francisco gets ready to honor the World Series winning Giants with a parade on Wednesday. Monte Francis reports.]]> <![CDATA[Race To Build Floats For Giants Victory Parade]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:52:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/161*120/float13.JPG

Dozens of workers on Tuesday raced against the clock to build floats for Wednesday’s big  victory parade in San Francisco to honor the city’s World Series champions, the Giants. 

Master float builder David Thomas said the Giants sweep against Detroit means his crews have to work extra fast to be ready in time.

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 “We’ve got people slopping paint, cutting wood… there’s more orange and black paint down here than you can shake a stick at,” Thomas said.

Thomas and his crew are working on a total of eight floats at San Francisco's Pier 54.  As some crew members sawed wood and nailed together platforms, others etched out details, painting orange stripes on a several “Giant” baseballs.           

Looking over their work, Thomas offered some advice: “If you’ve never seen a famous baseball player come around the corner on a big float, surrounded by thousands of fans, this is something you don’t want to miss.”

When the Giants won the World Series in 2010, about one million people flooded the streets for the parade.

Mike Inouye's Guide to Navigating Victory Parade

The parade kicks off Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the bottom of Market Street. NBC Bay Area will be livestreaming the event.

"San Francisco could not be any more proud of its hometown San Francisco Giants for sweeping to another World Series Championship,” said Mayor Lee. “The Giants defied all the odds to win. Congratulations to every player on the roster and to the entire San Francisco Giants organization. San Francisco celebrates the return of our hometown heroes with a ticker tape parade and civic celebration to welcome them home. Take public transportation to the parade and Civic Center.”

Photo Credit: Monte Francis]]>
<![CDATA[Giants Ticker Tape, Halloween Forecast]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:07:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/220*120/foggy.JPG Meteorologist Christina Loren says that showers are headed for parts of the Bay Area around 9 p.m. on Halloween, so start to trick or treat early. The weather should be clear for the Giants parade Wednesday, which begins at 11 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Crunch Time For Parade Organizers in San Francisco]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:26:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/192*120/parade13.jpg It is t-minus 24 hours until the World Series Champion ticker tape parade down Market Street. Bob Redell reports.]]> <![CDATA[Giants Ticker Tape Parade on Halloween]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:42:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/106490766.jpg

San Francisco will host a ticker-tape parade and civic celebration in honor of the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. The date is Oct. 31 and yes that is Halloween.

The parade will begin at the foot of Market Street at 11 a.m. and continue down Market to Civic Center Plaza via McAllister Street.

The parade is a little different than the route the team made when they won the World Series two years ago. In 2010, the players loaded on to cable cars in the Financial District before heading down Montgomery to Market.  That was the exact replica of the route taken by the team when they first came to San Francisco from New York in 1958.

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This year, the parade will start at Market and Steuart (just in front of the Ferry Building) and go straight to City Hall. Instead of cable cars, the players will ride in convertibles.

Once the team arrives at City Hall there will be an official ceremony.

Two years ago, hundreds of thousands of people turned out for the parade. One estimate had the crowd at 1,000,000.

The crowd estimate for Wednesday is as high as 1,000,000.

Forecasters said the weather will be cool on Wednesday with the possibility of rain by late afternoon.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said it  will be a family focused event for baseball fans and therefore  alcohol-free. Lee said San Francisco Police and Recreation and Park Departments will be on hand to monitor and enforce a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and other controlled substances in Civic Center Plaza, and will not tolerate misbehavior at the parade or after the civic celebration.

Below is one of the best moments from 2010. Yes, it's when Aubrey Huff pulled a rally thong out of his pants.


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<![CDATA[Guide to Navigating/Commuting Giants' Victory Parade ]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:48:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/parade2010.png

If you're planning to dance in the streets on Halloween to celebrate the Giants' stunning World Series victory, we recommend you leave your keys at home.

Mass transit is going to be your key into San Francisco Wednesday morning. The route starts at foot of Market Streets next to Justin Herman Plaza. It will move up Market Street, then west to the Civic Center Plaza.

There are three important BART/Muni Metro stations which have exits along the Market Street portion of the parade route:

  1. Embarcadero Station
  2. Powell Station
  3. Civic Center Station

BART had record ridership on parade day 2010 and plans to use commuter length trains all day long. Here are more tips from BART. BART can take you to the same three stations from all East Bay lines.

The Muni Metro will take you to those stations via basically any of their underground lines -- the J, K, L, M, N or T lines. You’ll need to use these instead of the buses because all surface street traffic will be jammed up, rerouted and confused due to the parade route closures and crowds.

From the Peninsula/South Bay:

  • Take Caltrain or drive to the Millbrae Intermodal Terminal where you can take BART. Both available lines will take you to the Embarcadero Station, Powell Station or Civic Center Station. (Trains in the afternoon will leave when full instead of on a timed schedule)
  • Take Caltrain all the way into SF, to the end of the line at 4th and King (near AT&T Park) then take the Muni Metro (T Line) to the Embarcadero Station, Powell Station or Civic Ctr Station.

Another option from the East Bay or the North Bay is to take a ferry.

From the North Bay: 

  • Take the ferry (Larkspur, Sausalito or Tiburon) to the SF Ferry Building. From there, take the Muni Metro or BART to the Embarcadero Station, Powell Station or Civic Center Station 

From the East Bay:

  • BART – All of your BART lines take you to the Embarcadero Station, Powell Station or Civic Center Station.
  • Ferry – Take the Alameda/Oakland or the Alameda Harbor Bay ferry to the SF Ferry Building. Catch the Muni Metro or BART from the Embarcadero Station, Powell Station or Civic Center Station

If you will be driving to San Francisco via the Bay Bridge, do not take the 9th Street/Civic Center or 4th Street exits. They will jammed up and you won’t be able to cross Market St. either.

You should opt for the Mission/Duboce exits. You’ll need to find parking, of course, and the Civic Center Garage is the closest to City Hall where the parade ends and the ceremonies take place.

It will likely be packed. You can look for other public parking lots online.

Again, my advice is to park well out of the area and take one of the mass transit options into the area.

With all of that said, getting into the area may be less of an issue than getting OUT of there.

Just like when you go to the movies or a concert, the crowd arrives over time but everyone tries to leave in one big rush. Bring your Clipper card if you have one to speed your access across transit agencies. Bring your patience because with big crowds come big delays. Most importantly bring your Orange and Black and focus on the occasion. Everything’s much easier to deal with when it comes with a side of Championship!

Useful links: 

SFMTA (Muni)



Golden Gate Ferry

East Bay Ferries (Alameda/Oakland Ferry and Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry)

Gotta Park

San Francisco Parking and Travel Info


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<![CDATA[Photo Archive: 2010 Giants Take a Curtain Call]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:00:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/106490435%282%29.jpg For once Market Street was a pedestrian utopia, that is of course if you were a member of the San Francisco Giants. The players marched through the City for a ticker tape parade Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Giants Back in the Bay Area]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:29:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Screen-Shot-2012-10-29-at-9.jpg

The World Series champion San Francisco Giants arrived back in the Bay Area to a heroes welcome Monday afternoon.

NBC Bay Area's helicopter, along with other media helicopters followed the team as their United charter flight landed at SFO.

Touch down happened at 3:50 p.m.  The team's plane was greeted with a water canyon salute by two airport water tenders.

Manager Bruce Bochy was one of the first people off the plane. He carried the World Series trophy down the jet-way. He was followed by the team, the coaches, the broadcasters and members of the Giants staff. Wives, children and girlfriends were also on the huge jumbo jet.

Giants CEO Larry Baer was the only person to talk to the fans on the tarmac. He gave a few high fives before going back to the bus to grab the trophy to show the SFO staff members for the first of what will be hundreds of fan trophy photo ops.

From there everyone jumped on charter buses for a ride to AT&T Park where hundreds of fans gathered to cheer the World Series sweep.

The drive was not your typical 4:30 p.m. commute up Highway 101 thanks to a CHP rolling stop of traffic ahead of the caravan that also included a police motorcycle escort.

The Giants swept the Detroit Tigers Sunday night with a 10th inning win in Detroit. The team spent the night in Michigan and then hopped on their plane Monday morning for a long five hour flight across the country.

Monday's arrival was a very informal event but did have some fan to player interaction. "I want to get signatures and take pictures with all of them," fan Daniela Catubid said.

Barricades kept the fans a ways away from where the players unloaded, but World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval walked through the crowd carrying the World Series trophy over his head.

"They support us every day they deserve this," Sandoval said.

He handed the trophy off to pitcher Sergio Romo. The fans went wild at the sight of the players and the trophy.

"A lot of players just can't wait for the parade," fan Steven Pence said.

The main event for the team and their fans is the parade which is set to begin Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. 

The ticker tape parade route will be from the foot of Market to City Hall for a Civic Center Plaza rally.

The parade after the Giants won the series in 2010 drew hundreds of thousands of fans. One estimate had the 2010 crowd at one million people.

Wednesday is Halloween and is sure to be a colorful affair. The group charged with making floats for the event is now moving at fastball speed to get them decorated in time.


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<![CDATA[SFPD Arrest 35 After Giants World Series Sweep]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:29:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/vandal2.JPG

San Francisco on Monday began cleaning up parts of the city after vandals wreaked havoc while celebrating the Giants sweep of the Tigers in the World Series on Sunday night.

Crews from the city's Department of Public Works worked overnight through the morning, cleaning the streets of garbage and debris. San Francisco police told NBC Bay Area that 35 people were arrested on a variety of charges stemming from the vandalism that occurred during the post-game celebration. Most of the night had been jubilant and peaceful, until the vandals took over about 11 p.m.

Vandalism included bonfires set along along Mission Street and around AT&T Park, and beer bottles thrown at police. Some fans hopped on top of Muni buses and cars along Market Street; at least one car had been tipped on its side. Windows of stores were broken, and Dumpsters were torched.

At least one fan was disappointed with that behavior.

"Why do they have to throw things at buildings?" asked Kristen Wells, a Giants fan who saw no point in destroying property when her favorite baseball team just won the World Series. Some said that the vandals weren't fans at all, just hoodlums taking advantage of the situation.

The vandalism marred what had started out as a tense but joyous occasion for San Francisco.

Most of the Giants fans — about 10,000 of them — had gathered at Civic Center Plaza outside City Hall to watch the game on a huge television screen. They erupted in cheers when the final out was made in the bottom of the 10th inning before 9 p.m.

Two years ago, fans acted similarly when the Giants also won the World Series in 2010. That year, a patrol car was damaged,  at least three private vehicles had their windows smashed, a window of a Giants' dugout store was broken, and one couch was destroyed after being lit on fire and tossed out a window. There were also reports of graffiti on store windows in the Mission district.

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<![CDATA[Giants Land Sports Illustrated Cover]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:29:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Giants_World_Series_Sports_Illustrated_Cover.jpg

The Giants won the Series! The Giants win the Series!

That is an indisputable fact following the Giants Sunday night victory over the Tigers to win their second World Series title in as many years. It's also a play on the call from Russ Hodges when Bobby Thompson hit the "Shot Heard Round the World."

And those are the exact words on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, as the Giants victory netted them the honor of gracing the cover of one of America's oldest sports magazines.

Specifically, it's Buster Posey and Sergio Romo celebrating the final strike that nets the cover:

The cover is also a crippling blow to Tigers fans, as it depicts Triple-Crown winner walking away from the plate both angry and sad as Posey and Romo celebrate.

The SI article on the Giants is from Tom Verducci and it should be a good one: in his roll as a sideline reporter, Verducci's been pretty well embedded with the Giants during a lot of their playoff run (though he's TBS so he actually spent much of the time working with the American League and less working with the World Series on the field).

"On the heels of its World Series sweep, the San Francisco Giants grace a regional cover of Sports Illustrated – distributed in the West and Northeast," SI announced. "The headline 'The Giants Win the Series! The Giants Win the Series!' is a variation of Russ Hodges’ call of Bobby Thomson’s shot heard round the world in 1951. Tom Verducci’s story captures the Giants’ two trips to the brink and three unreal weeks in October for the Giants."

Fans can pick up the issue on Wednesday when it goes on sale if they don't already subscribe.

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<![CDATA[Photo Archive: Fans Line Market Street ]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:02:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/giantswinparadeA.jpg Here are some of the best photos from a World Champion parade.

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<![CDATA[Video Archive: City Hall World Series Rally 2010]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:59:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Blessing_640x480.jpg At the San Francisco Giants victory parade Wednesday, Jon Miller blessed thousands of fans in the name of Willie Mays and Willie McCovey.

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<![CDATA[Video Archive: Giants Fans View of the Parade]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:57:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/fansparadephoto_640x480.jpg Giants fans including guests like Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Giants legend Willie Mays celebrate at the World Series parade in San Francisco.]]> <![CDATA[Video Archive: Giants' Players Take a Bow]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:55:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/106489847_640x480.jpg Wednesday was Giants Day in San Francisco and every player got a moment in the spotlight.]]> <![CDATA[2010 Video Archive: Huff Pulls Rally Thong Out of His Pants]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:53:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/huff1.jpg Aubrey Huff gets the award for best moment of the World Series celebration.

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<![CDATA[Raw Video: Giants Show Off Trophy to AT&T Park Fans]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:29:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rawgiants_7646155_722x406_5276227968.jpg The San Francisco Giants got a heroes welcome Monday night as they arrived back home from the World Series sweep of the Detroit Tigers]]> <![CDATA[Giants Parade: Player Sightings]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:52:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/290*120/Screen+Shot+2012-10-31+at+1.46.23+PM.png Giants players spotted in parade]]> <![CDATA[World Champion Giants Arrive Home]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:29:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/giants_7645465_722x406_5272643873.jpg Hundreds of fans greeted the team as they arrived back at AT&T Park]]> <![CDATA[Giants Fans Celebrate World Series Victory]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:29:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stephanie_7646638_722x406_5280835951.jpg Giants Fans Celebrate World Series Victory]]>