PARADE BLOG: Houston Astros World Series Championship Parade
Hundreds of thousands of excited fans packed into downtown Houston Friday to show their love for Astros at the World Series Championship Parade.
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There were so many magical moments during the Astros World Series Championship Parade so we clipped videos of some of the highlights.
Best seat in the house
Can you imagine the Astros Parade watch party they had in heaven? We're sure KHOU 11 Sports Director Bob Allen, who passed away last year, was in the middle of it all. And longtime Astros announcer Milo Hamilton was doing the play-by-play. And former stars like Joe Niekro, Darryl Kile, Ken Caminiti and Jose Lima were cheering for the champions.
Cheers, tears as Astros pass through downtown
Many of the Astros fans who turned out for the World Series Parade have watched the team for decades. Everyone cheered -- and some cried happy tears -- as they finally watched a dream come true. KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft was cheering so loud she nearly lost her voice.
— Grace White (@GraceWhiteKHOU) November 3, 2017
Crowd goes crazy when Astros pass by
It was the moment hundreds of thousands of fans had waited hours for: The World Series Champion Houston Astros were the highlight of the parade as they passed by on three HFD fire trucks. Astros Hall of Famers Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell joined other former 'Stros on the third truck.
It was great to see Astros Hall of Famers Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio join the team on fire trucks for the World Series Championship Parade. They were also in Los Angeles when the Astros crushed the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.
Biggio told MLB.com he got a little teary after watching the team win it all.
"You're old, you cry now," Biggio said. "It's what you're supposed to do."
Bagwell and Biggio, two of the most popular Astros of all time, played on seven playoff teams but only made it to one World Series where they were swept by the White Sox in 2005.
The trophy is here! pic.twitter.com/jj8Rm4h8xp— Josh Hubbard (@JhubbsKHOU11) November 3, 2017
Da plane, da plane!
KHOU 11 showed our Astros pride with a banner that reads "KHOU stands with the Astros" flying high over downtown Houston. Fans cheered as the plane flew over.
Astros head to the parade
We spotted the World Champion Houston Astros leaving Minute Maid to head over to the parade. MVP George Springer was carrying the World Series Championship trophy and Josh Reddick was sporting a giant orange foam cowboy hat.
The Altuve Polka
Before the parade started, Astros fans were dancing in the streets Friday to the tune of the "Altuve Polka" by a band called Polish Pete and the Polka? Hardly Know Her Band.
Chita chats with fans
KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft chatted with excited fans while they waited for the Astros World Series Champion Parade to begin.
These fans are hyped!
Astronauts to salute Astros
NASA’s Astros will salute the Houston Astros with a fly over of NASA T-38 trainer jets during the celebration. The aircraft will be flown by NASA research pilots David Johnson and William Pressley and astronauts Jeremy Hansen, Josh Cassada, Tracy Caldwell-Dyson, Jessica Meir, Tom Marshburn and Mike Fincke.
Earlybirds get the prime spots
Diehard Astros fans determined to get the best seats for the World Series Championship Parade headed downtown at 1 a.m. Friday morning.
The City of Houston said Thursday it's expecting at least 700,000 fans to turn out. But the crowds grew so quickly Friday morning, they were forced to extend the parade route to St. Joseph's.
We're going to Disney World!
After Houston celebrates the Astros at home on Friday, the championship team will be going to Disney World for a World Series victory parade.
World Series MVP George Springer and star players Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa will be honored with a historic victory parade down Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park.
5 Things to know about the Astros Victory Parade
1. Parade route; road closures; ride METRO for free
Traffic getting to downtown is a nightmare, according to our crews.
KHOU 11's Darby Douglas warns that, along with several roads being blocked around the parade route, there will be freeway exit ramps closed in downtown, including the Allen Parkway exit from I-45. Give yourself extra time to get to the area as the city is planning for a turnout of at least half a million people. Tap here for the parade route.
So many people have packed into downtown, they've extended the parade route to St. Joseph instead of Pease.
And you know parking will be expensive and a hassle. REMINDER, TODAY on the METRO bus and light rail system, it's FREE to ride as we celebrate the WORLD CHAMPION ASTROS. Info: http://ow.ly/pDUl30gkta3
2. You can't bring alcohol but you can bring lawn chairs
You can bring bottled water and other beverages - and you're encouraged to do so because it will be warm this afternoon. You CANNOT bring, however, alcohol or coolers. The city says police officers will enforce the state's open container law. You are allowed to bring lawn chairs, but unless you're on the front row you won't get much use out of them. The huge crowd expected today will likely make it necessary for you to stand to get a view of our champions.
3. It will be warm and muggy
It may be November, but this is Texas. We had near freezing temperatures a couple weeks ago, but this afternoon we will top out near 90 degrees as the celebrations get underway in downtown. Humidity will make it feel even warmer. KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft says it will be partly cloudy with a scattered rain chance, but you should prepare like you would for being outside on a summer day. Tap here for the latest weekend forecast.
4. Get there early
If you get to the parade area a few minutes before the 2 p.m. start, you're going to have a bad time. Give yourself at least an hour to find a place to park (or take METRO) and then find a spot along the route. Even then, don't expect to be in the first few rows of people. We reported this morning on KHOU 11 News that some fans were gathering on the route as early as 1 a.m. Still don't believe us? Check out this Facebook Live video.
5. You can get free food
Several restaurants and bars in our area are offering freebies and deals for Houston Astros Day. Some are even offering free shuttle service to and from the parade. Tap here for the list of deals.
And since we have your attention, check out the slideshow of our Champs returning home to Houston yesterday: