After a 2017-18 campaign that didn’t go as smoothly as some had predicted, the Golden State Warriors still find themselves atop the NBA world at the season’s conclusion.
Despite an up-and-down regular season and a tough seven-game series in the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets, Golden State was able to make easy work of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The Warriors wasted no time earning their second championship trophy in as many years, sweeping the Cavs en route to their third ring in the past four seasons.
Now with the successful season behind them, it’s time for the Warriors to celebrate with their fans, much like they did in 2015 and last year in 2017. However, this year, the Warriors championship parade will have a bit of a twist that will make it stand out from their past two. There will not be a rally at the conclusion of the parade.
According to a release from the City of Oakland (h/t East Bay Express), “in an effort to provide a more intimate, free-flowing and engaging celebratory event,” the team and city plan to tweak the presentation for a more interactive experience:
“Fans will have the opportunity to share in the up-close excitement of the 2018 NBA Championship with the Warriors, their players, coaches, legends, and staff.”
The parade has an official start time of 11 AM local time (2 PM ET), but fans will be able to line up for the parade as early as 6:30 AM. If you’re not attending the parade, there is no need to worry, as NBC Sports Bay Area will have a live stream slated to begin at 9:30 AM PT.
The Warriors have also altered their route as compared to the past two years as they try to make the parade experience more interactive. You can view their planned route for the parade below.
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