Despite the scorcher on June 16, some 250,000 people showed up to support their Dallas Mavericks as they paraded down Victory Avenue in downtown Dallas in celebration of their NBA championship. When I say paraded, I mean it literally. The saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Well, let’s just say that this celebration was BIG.
With cars of different kinds and floats decorated to theme, the Mavs road down the street in style. Cuban led the pack in a black mustang convertible, hoisting the gold trophy over his head. And without a doubt, Dirk Nowitzki was the center of attention with his loyal fans yelling “M-V-P!” as he passed by.
If you were not downtown by 7:30am, there wasn’t a place left in the front of the line for you. People filled the parking garage and stood on their cars just trying to get a distant glimpse of the champions. Just like their Mavs, Dallas behaved themselves and exemplified those southern manners; there were only three arrests the entire day (not bad considering the amount of people). And the above 100-degree weather didn’t stop the support. There were 145 minor incidents related to the heat, but luckily no major injures. The Mavericks beat the Heat, and Dallas was determined to as well.
Photography by Emili Carmichael