The song "Baby Shark" blared over loudspeakers and a wave of red washed across this politically blue capital Saturday as Nationals fans lined the city's version of the Canyon of Heroes to rejoice in Washington's first World Series victory since 1924, the AP reports. "We just felt it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Bridget Chapin, who came from Burke, Virginia, with her husband, Mark, for the parade along Constitution Avenue and a rally a few blocks from the Capitol. Nick Hashimoto of Dulles, Virginia, was among those who arrived at 5am to snag a front-row spot. He brought his own baby shark toy in honor of backup outfielder Gerardo Parra's walk-up song, which began as a parental tribute to the musical taste of his 2-year-old daughter and ended up as Nationals rallying cry.
As "Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo" played on a crisp morning, early risers joined in with the trademark response—arms extended in a chomping motion. Chants of "Let's go Nats!" resonated from the crowd hours before they were to hear from the team. Later, cheers went up and fans waved red streamers, hand towels, and signs that said "Fight Finished" as the players rode by on the open top of double-decker buses. General Manager Mike Rizzo, a cigar in his mouth, jumped off with the World Series trophy to show the fans lining the barricades and slap high-fives. Manager Dave Martinez also got in on the fun. President Trump has invited the Nationals to the White House on Monday. (But relief pitcher Sean Doolittle doesn't plan to attend.)