Private donors pay for most of million-dollar Lakers victory parade

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Los Angeles Lakers fans celebrate outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles after their team defeated the Orlando Magic in the NBA final on June 14, 2009. The Lakers won the series 4-1

The city of Los Angeles has found the money and cleared the way for a Lakers victory parade tomorrow.

City council president Eric Garcetti says L.A. was able to find private donors who’d foot most of the million-dollar cost. He told KPCC’s "Patt Morrison" he’s looking forward to the festivities.

Eric Garcetti: "I remember my first two years, 2001, 2002, being a part of the parade, and just as a native Angeleno, they are amazing moments just to see the entire city in one place. We are such a spread out city, but to see tens of thousands of people celebrating the hard work is something really great."

The NBA champions will parade starting at 11 o’clock by Staples Center. They’ll travel along Figueroa Street to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Garcetti suggests taking Metro trains and buses, and checking the transit agency website,, for information about the best routes to take and avoid before, during, and after the parade.

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