Race To Build Floats For Giants Victory Parade - NBC Bay Area

Race To Build Floats For Giants Victory Parade

Wednesday is the big parade



    It is t-minus 24 hours until the World Series Champion ticker tape parade down Market Street. Bob Redell reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012)

    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.

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    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.”

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