HOUSTON – City of Houston officials hosted the Houston Astros victory parade Monday at noon.
According to the Houston Police Department, at least one million people attended the celebration. The parade ran between 1.7 to 3 miles, double the length compared to last year, HPD Police Chief Troy Finner said.
The parade began at Smith Street and Preston Street and headed straight down toward Tuam Street on the west side of downtown.
Officials said Houstonians faced several delays and detours if they headed toward downtown during the morning or early afternoon hours, but traffic eventually died down before evening.
You can find the parade map below:
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RIDESHARE DROPOFF LOCATIONS
Many people opted to be dropped off by a rideshare driver. Below is a map of where fans could be dropped off for the festivities.
DJs and marching bands such as Texas Southern University’s “Ocean of Soul” band, and the University of Houston made an appearance at the parade.
Residents who live between the intersection of Smith Street and Preston Street, all the way to Smith Street and Tuam Street were advised to move their vehicles prior to the victory event.
FANS GET PUMPED EARLY AHEAD OF THE PARADE
KPRC 2′S Zach Lashway had the awesome opportunity to speak with super fans, or may we say super families, who lined up early to stake their claims to “prime real estate” locations along the parade route. He caught up with longtime Astros fan, Tinh Nguyen, who said he had been camping out since 3 a.m. SEE VIDEO BELOW!
Zach also had the opportunity to speak to the Morales family, a crew of 15 who even brought their toddler to enjoy the historic moments with the Astros team. The family says they came out at midnight to ensure they would have enough space for them all to see the festivities. SEE VIDEO BELOW.
And last, but certainly not least, the Hernandez family - including their pet chihuahua Paris, were loaded on their customized “Space City” pontoon boat, where they had an amazing view of the parade. Zach found them along Clay Street where they welcomed him to hop aboard and join the fun. SEE VIDEOS BELOW.
More fun with the Hernandez family:
As you can see, there was no shortage of team spirit in the air. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO THE HOUSTON ASTROS!
Officials provided the following tips before the parade:
- Use public transportation such as METRO if commuting to the downtown area, or rideshares such as Green Link.
- Hydrate! The weather for tomorrow will be mostly sunny in the 80s.
- Do not pack/squish one another. Have some space when possible.
- Pack food such as sandwiches, drinks, etc., especially for the kids.
- Wear your sunscreen, if possible.
- Wear your Astros gear!
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