Cleveland put on a parade for the ages to celebrate ending their 52-year-old championship drought. It definitely looked like all of Cleveland and them some were on hand to congratulate LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With approximately 1.3 million fans on hand, some of them even slept overnight on sidewalks to ensure themselves a good spot to see their champions and let them know just how thankful they are. They all converged on downtown Cleveland and at one point even spilled into the streets along the parade route. Unanimous NBA Finals MVP LeBron James and big shot maker Kyrie Irving slowly navigated the parade route in style riding in Bron of course in a Rolls Royce.
J.R. Smith who hasn’t worn a shirt since winning the chip was definitely loving every single minute of the celebration.
He wasn’t alone going shirtless as teammates Mo Williams, Kyrie Irving (pictured earlier) and Iman Shumpert also decided to go shirtless.
This has been season full of a lot of firsts for the Cavaliers during their playoff run. They were the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit and LeBron James was the first player to lead in all statistical categories during the finals. Now Cleveland has made history for their amazing celebration.
See what happens when you have been waiting for 52 years for championship?
In a heartwarming moment, Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown who was part of the Cleveland Browns championship team handed LeBron James the Larry O’brien trophy. It was truly a changing of the guard for the city of Cleveland.
Cleveland definitely showed out for their champions today, congrats Cleveland you earned this parade and hopefully you will never suffer another insanely long drought ever again.
That shouldn’t be an issue though as LeBron has already confirmed he isn’t going anywhere.
Hit the gallery below for more images from the Cavs victory parade.
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