The Astros World Series parade, a special moment for city fans

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Lifetime Astros fan Sheri Alsguth, who rode a bike for Monday Victory Parade with her husband, Carsten, made sure to absorb the surreality of the scene before Monday’s festivities began. “I’m so proud of my city. From what I heard, everyone celebrated Victory Night, and everything went pretty well,” she said. “I think it will be a fantastic day and I’m very proud of my city.”

Fans line the downtown streets to watch the World Series Parade on November 07, 2022 in Houston.

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In addition to players, coaches and other Astros employees, a cast of Houston dignitaries were on hand. Hunt down the truth threw the H at fans crammed 12 stories into a parking lot, with cheers from the crowd once again when Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, Bun B and Willie D.among others, passed a few moments later in a Houston City Tours bus transformed into a parade float.

Then came the main attraction. Evoking a popular chant used to troll opposing teams throughout the playoffs, Yordan Alvarez, Kyle TuckerChristian Vazquez, Ryne Stanek and other Astros players joined the crowd in singing, “We want Houston” again and again as the parade marched up Smith Street. Jose Atluve and his teammates took turns lifting the commissioner’s trophy for their fans. Houston coach Dusty Baker Jr. rocked the endless sea of ​​onlookers, seeming to draw a loud ovation from every quarter block.

Outside of Baker, the loudest cheers seemed to come for the rookie feel and World Series MVP Jeremy Penawho sent the crowd into a frenzy when he made his brand heart sign gesture to a group gathered near a confetti cannon on Smith and Lamar streets. Utility Mauricio Dubón joked that he had probably seen 100,000 signs with the message “Marry me Peña”.

“He’s a very popular guy here,” Dubón said.

Getting to and from the parade was not easy, with countless Houstonians, like Edgar Campos, walking several miles each way to get a glimpse of the celebration. But as Campos noted, for those who have followed the Astros for decades, it was well worth the hike to be part of a “truly special moment.”

“We were right in front of the action,” Campos said. “Seeing everyone was just exciting. I was going to watch it at home, but I’d rather come here. Just the crowd cheering and it’s all a different feeling to being there in person.”

Alex Bregman said he thought Monday’s crowd was double that of the Astros’ parade for the 2017 World Series, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. This event which was estimated to attract around 1 million people downtown. Bregman is one of five current Houston players who were a part of the 2017 team and celebration, although many fans were in attendance for the team’s first victory parade.

However, there were also a significant number of parade-goers enjoying the experience for the first time. Brittany Kelly, who arrived with a couple of friends at 9 a.m. and walked “for a good two hours” trying to find a spot, missed the 2017 celebration after being moved to the outskirts of the Houston due to Hurricane Harvey.

From the seventh floor of a parking lot, with a seemingly endless stream of Astros fans below, she was elated to enjoy the moment.

“For me to come here and finally be here is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. But also, just being here with my friends and family,” Kelly said. “Just being able to watch people I’ve seen all my life… I’ve been watching for Craig Biggio was playing. I’ve been watching since I was four, so finally being able to come here and see this is like a wish come true.”



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