LA Flocks to Lakers Parade

Cops vow to jail miscreants as coliseum fills
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2009 3:21 PM CDT
Double-decker buses ferry members of the Los Angeles Lakers past the Staples Center during a parade celebrating the team's 15th NBA basketball title in downtown Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Newser) – An estimated 150,000 clogged streets in downtown Los Angeles today as the NBA-champion Lakers took a victory lap around downtown, the Times reports. Some 80,000 more jammed the Coliseum for a rally at parade’s end. Police, hoping to avoid the looting and chaos that followed Sunday’s clinching victory over the Orlando Magic, turned out in force.