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Old 06-17-2011, 03:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: Dallas Mavericks championship parade

The joyous scene came Thursday at the end of a parade honoring the NBA champs. An expected crowd of 250,000 - although it may have been more - endured temperatures approaching 90 degrees to enjoy a party 31 years in the making since this one is the first title in Mavericks history. There was still one more layer to the party, a ceremony with 10,000 season-ticket holders inside American Airlines Arena. The plaza around the building was filled to its 3,000-person capacity about two hours before the parade even began. Fans filled the streets and sidewalks all along the roughly mile-long route between the convention center and the arena. Franchise founder Donald Carter and his wife, Linda, for whom he started the club as gift, were in the lead vehicle, a white convertible. AP

"It's unbelievable," Nowitzki said as he took a cigar from teammate Jason Terry before boarding his float. "If it hasn't sunk in yet, it will now. ... We're on the top of the world now so it feels amazing. For 13 years I've waited for this moment. It's amazing and we're all going to enjoy it." AP
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