Photo Essay: A City Celebrates: 2012 San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade

When it comes to extravaganzas, no one does it better than San Francisco, especially when celebrating the amazing World Series success of our San Francisco Giants! And last Wednesday’s massive downtown victory parade took on an even more special allure, being that it was being held Halloween. A Giants victory parade and Halloween made for strange bedfellows, and as you can see, a lot of people really got creative in combining the two events.

An estimated million people crammed the parade route along Market Street up to the Civic Center for even more Giants festivities in front of City Hall. That’s a lot of people to pack into a relatively small city, but the good news is that on this day at least, San Francisco was indeed the happiest place on earth. Everyone was smiling, everyone was joyful, everyone was radiating happiness. It reminded me of a line from the Grateful Dead tune Scarlet Begonias: ‘Strangers stopping strangers, just to shake their hands.’ The sense of sheer joy and gratitude that this city felt for our Giants was amazing, and you couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear at the sight of so many happy, crazy people. Toss in some really hilarious and clever Halloween costumes, and a lot of confetti, and the day’s keyword was FUN!

To get downtown I took the subway, reminding me of yet another song lyric, this time from the The Police and Synchronicity 2: ‘Packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes …’ But the short ride was boisterous and fun, and it was really cool to see so many parents with their kids, all decked in Giants orange and black, enjoying this major event as a family. Finally, downtown, and as I rode the escalator from the Montgomery Street subway station up to Market Street the sense of excitement was gigantic … I couldn’t wait to hit the streets and join the action. I started snapping even as I rode the escalator up and I didn’t stop for four hours, capturing everything I could. As a good friend of mine said, these events are so rare, and you gotta appreciate every second, because it might not ever happen again (and he should know, because he lives in Philadelphia!). In that way, then, a Giant’s World Series Victory parade is like a metaphor for life, but that’s a deeper discussion for another time.

And I did try to capture every second, because who knows when it will happen again. I hope this photo essay gives you an idea of the grand scale of the event, the enormous throngs of people and the spectacle of pageantry! It was indeed a day that will go down in San Francisco history. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2012 San Francisco Giants World Series Victory parade!

About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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24 Responses to Photo Essay: A City Celebrates: 2012 San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade

  1. Anonymous says:

    Steve, you did such an outstanding job with your colorful commentary and wonderful photos of this spectacular event. It brought back memories when the Phillies won the Wolrld Series..

  2. Betty Kelly says:

    Steve, you did an outstanding job with your colorful commentary and excellent photos of the Giants World Series Parade. It was as exciting as the time the Phillies won their World Series. Keep up the good work!!!

    Love, Mom

  3. petit4chocolatier says:

    Great job! Love the fun photos : )
    It’s raining confetti!!

  4. Dear Stephen, What can I say? You have said it all! (Has it ever occurred to you to offer yourself to a real losing team, like the Chicago Cubs or etc? With so much of your good publicity, I bet any team could win, almost!). I really enjoyed your photo essay and seeing more of the lively folk of San Francisco.

  5. fgassette says:

    You took me there and made me apart of the celebration. Your photos are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.


  6. Hey! The cookie monster was there!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  7. Madhu says:

    Fab shots Stephen! That must have been one long and fun party 🙂

  8. ilargia64 says:

    Hi Stephen!!!! You and the city had a wonderful day!!!! Love all of them…Specially the series ” Better not to ask why” and “You never know who you will meet…” And the “Confetti rain..” and….Well…It was a good day!!!

  9. Northern Narratives says:

    Wonderful photos. I have been a baseball fan for many years and I enjoyed watching the World Series on TV. I hope no cars were set on fire during the celebration. I don’t know why that seems to happen 🙂

    • Hey Northern Narratives! Actually, the parade was amazingly well-behaved given the sheer number of people; police reported very few incidents. Some idiots set fire to a city bus the night the Giants won the series.
      Excellent story: fans took cell phone pics and video of the guys vandalizing the bus, and they went viral on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Sure enough, the cops nailed one of the guy a few days ago, identifying him through social media. The two other guys are still at large, but that’s a matter of time because you can see their faces clearly in the pics. The bus they destroyed was worth $700,000, and it recently had $300,000 of upgrading service. The city wants their money for their bus, and they’re going to throw the book at this guy.

  10. viveka says:

    Happy post … hysterical happy photos … and congratulations to the Giants and to SF! Orange Guy .. my favorite.

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