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Elated San Francisco Giants fans from all over the Bay Area are ditching school and work today to participate in the celebration of the team’s historic World Series win.
A victory parade began at 11 a.m. at Montgomery and Washington streets, and will conclude at Civic Center Plaza.
By mid-morning, the plaza was a sea of black and orange.
Belmont resident Bob Warfield, 54, had tried to take public transit to the celebration with his family, but they weren’t able to get on BART or Caltrain.
Warfield said they had tried to go to the Millbrae station but had seen people walking back to their cars after being unable to get on a train. So the family drove north and managed to park near the Civic Center.
His daughter, Carson, a first-grader, had his permission to skip school for the occasion.
“She’s a sixth-generation San Franciscan,” Warfield said.
He said she was curious about his reaction to the Giants’ win Monday.
“She said, ‘Why are you crying, Daddy?'” Warfield said.
“I said ‘You’ll be a grandmother before this happens again,” he said, prompting an exclamation of protest from Carson’s mother, Jill.
Nearby, Shaban Shakoori and his 6-year-old daughter Madeline sat in portable chairs waiting for the ceremony to start.
Shakoori, a real estate agent, said he is not the only one at his workplace playing hooky today.
“I think all the Realtors are probably here or watching it somewhere,” he said.
Shakoori said Madeline won’t be in trouble for skipping her first-grade class at Presidio Hill School today.
“Her principal encouraged us to go to the parade,” he said.
Madeline said her favorite player is Buster Posey – or maybe Aubrey Huff because 17 is her favorite number.
Also at the plaza was the Sam family of Pacifica. The four Sam children – fourth-grader Jordan, eighth-grader Jennifer, and sophomore twins Jon and Justin – said it was not a tough choice to forgo school in favor of the parade.
Their parents, R.D. and Cecille Sam, said today is worth it.
R.D. Sam said he likes the Giants’ teamwork.
“That was good this year, it’s not one single player,” he said.
Scott Minty works in Fox Plaza at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and had his boss’ OK to leave the office this morning.
He came into work at 8 a.m. and got on BART in Concord before 7 a.m.
His wife Michelle came, and his son Miles skipped school to be here.
“This is a huge thing. The rally is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Minty said. “I definitely wanted my son to be here to see and experience the Giants’ victory.”
Melissa McRobbie/Kyveli Diener Bay City News