Photo Gallery: Milwaukee Bucks Parade, Celebration

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Pat Connaughton encourages the assemblage  to cheer for Bobby Portis (holding belt). Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Pat Connaughton encourages the assemblage to cheer for Bobby Portis (holding belt). Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

“Milwaukee, we did it baby!”

Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo took halfway signifier astatine a solemnisation of the Milwaukee Bucks NBA title connected Thursday afternoon. But to get to the ceremony, held successful an bare batch conscionable northbound of Fiserv Forum, helium archetypal had to rotation done Downtown atop a double-decker bus.

A assemblage galore rows heavy gathered connected Wisconsin, Water and Knapp streets portion onlookers besides watched from supra successful adjacent bureau buildings and parking garages. Some arrived arsenic aboriginal arsenic 5:30 a.m. to prevention a spot.

A caravan of vehicles, including 3 buses with open-air extortion decks, acceptable disconnected from the intersection of N. Prospect Ave. and E. Wisconsin Ave. conscionable aft 11 a.m. By 12:30 p.m. they had yet arrived astatine the solemnisation ceremony, with tens of thousands of parade watchers pursuing them connected foot.

Using a surface setup near implicit from Tuesday’s nighttime ticker party, the players, coaches, executives and dignitaries took the signifier to cheers from a assemblage that continued to swell successful size passim the astir 45-minute ceremony.

“It’s inactive a dream,” said starting halfway Brook Lopez. A Disney fanatic, helium compared the team’s tally to the crippled of the Mighty Ducks movie bid and pledged to instrumentality the title trophy to Disney World.

“It’s been a agelong clip coming, tons of ups and downs, but we yet got the occupation done,” said starting tiny guardant Khris Middleton. “We ne'er pointed fingers. We ne'er discontinue connected each other.”

Middleton and Antetokounmpo are the lone players near from the team’s disastrous, 15-win 2013-2014 season. Following that season, Herb Kohl sold the squad to a caller ownership radical led by Wesley Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan.

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“I privation to convey our players, our team, but astir importantly, I privation to convey you,” said Lasry. Edens said winning the title fulfilled a pledge the caller owners made erstwhile they bought the team.

Dinan said the squad fulfilled erstwhile defender Brandon Jennings‘s 2013 prophecy of winning successful six games. Jennings was 1 of the guests connected a parade float. Other floats held dozens of squad employees and the players’ families.

Fan-favorite relation players Pat Connaughton, P.J. Tucker and Bobby Portis drew galore rounds of applause during their clip with the microphone.

Tucker, drenched caput to toed successful champagne, said helium knew the squad had it successful them erstwhile helium arrived via a mid-season trade. An assertive defender, helium told lawsuit emcee Zora Stephenson that helium conscionable needed to bring the “dogs” retired of the team. Bucks employees connected parade floats held up signs saying “we dogs.”

Portis, wearing a wrestling title belt, took successful chants of “Bobby, Bobby, Bobby” portion holding the title trophy.

Jrue Holiday, acquired successful a large off-season trade, thanked the metropolis for welcoming his household and pledged to enactment to bring location different title adjacent season.

“You truly are the champion fans successful the satellite and I volition everlastingly beryllium thankful to you,” said injured starter Donte DiVincenzo.

One subordinate couldn’t articulation the squad connected stage, Giannis’ member Thanasis Antetokounmpo. He spent the 2 games of the playoffs successful the NBA’s “health and information protocol” related to a affirmative COVID-19 trial oregon proximity to a affirmative case. The high-energy relation subordinate alternatively spent the ceremonial successful an SUV parked conscionable to the broadside of the signifier and was spotted sitting atop it erstwhile the ceremonial ended.

General manager Jon Horst and manager Mike Budenholzer besides spoke, arsenic did Governor Tony Evers, County Executive David Crowley and Mayor Tom Barrett. Prominent summons holders, including David Gruber, Jon Hammes, Craig Karmazin and Ted Kellner, could beryllium spotted atop 1 of the buses alongside Bucks executives Matt Pazaras and Dustin Godsey.

Evers drew boos from a country of the assemblage earlier helium could instrumentality the microphone, but spoke astir the championship’s value to the full state.

Crowley thanked Kohl for his committedness to keeping the squad successful Wisconsin and the national workers that built it.

Barrett, wearing an unlicensed Bucks garment with nary squad oregon NBA logos, praised the squad for bringing the metropolis together. “They are the unifier,” helium said.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the past talker and spoke extensively astir his family, including his precocious father. “I cognize my ma is highly proud. I cognize my dada is highly proud. I’m happy,” helium told the crowd.

Ben Tajnai, who sang the nationalist anthem astatine each location playoff game, closed the ceremonial by singing a rendition of Queen’s “We Are The Champions” portion fireworks were launched from atop the arena.

The assemblage not lone filled the block, 420 W. Juneau Ave., but the surrounding streets and plaza extracurricular the arena.


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