Lakers victory parade to be held Monday

Los Angeles Laker fans celebrate on the street outside the Staples Center after a Lakers win in the NBA final game in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday June 17,2010. Crowds of rowdy revelers poured into the streets around Staples Center after Game 7 of the NBA finals rocking cars, setting bonfires and throwing rocks and bottles at officers.
Los Angeles Laker fans celebrate on the street outside the Staples Center after a Lakers win in the NBA final game in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday June 17,2010. Crowds of rowdy revelers poured into the streets around Staples Center after Game 7 of the NBA finals rocking cars, setting bonfires and throwing rocks and bottles at officers. AP Photo/Richard Vogel

A parade honoring the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will be held Monday.

The Lakers overcame a 13-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics, 83-79, last night in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Staples Center to win their second consecutive championship.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Staples Center and travel south on Figueroa Street, to Jefferson Boulevard, where the parade will turn east at the Galen Center to complete the procession.

City and team officials anticipate a crowd of between 500,000 and two million fans lining the two-mile parade route, according to John Black, the team's vice president of public relations.

Players will ride on a customized flat-bed float, equipped with audio capabilities, which will help mitigate anticipated pedestrian and traffic congestion, Black said.

A convoy of double-decker, open-air buses and other vehicles will carry Laker coaches and staff, members of the Buss family, which owns the team, team officials and the Laker Girls dance team, Black said.

City officials are encouraging the public to take the Metro Rail system to the Pico/Chick Hearn Station adjacent to the parade route.

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