Atlanta Braves' World Series title parade brings out hundreds of thousands

AP photo by John Bazemore / Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker holds the Commissioner's Trophy during the team's World Series celebration Friday at Truist Park. The Braves celebrated their six-game triumph over the Houston Astros with a two-part parade Friday, starting at the site of their former stadiums and winding up at their current home.

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves were cheered by hundreds of thousands of baseball fans in a two-stage parade Friday celebrating the team's first World Series championship since 1995.

Some area schools closed, and students seized the opportunity to attend the event.

"That's what the fun part of this is," said Terry McGuirk, the team's chairman. "Every block it was just kids, and it was all kids. Never, never did I expect to see that many little guys."

The parade started in downtown Atlanta, near the team's former home at Turner Field. The route took the buses, floats and pickup trucks past a memorial to Braves legend Hank Aaron, the Hall of Fame slugger who died this past January, at the site where Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium once stood and Atlanta clinched its 1995 championship.