ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves will give a nod to their past — both distant and more recent — as well as their present with a two-part parade Friday celebrating the franchise's first World Series title in 26 years.
The Braves beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night, wrapping up Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship series with a game to spare in Houston.
Friday's procession will start at noon at Woodruff Park in the heart of downtown Atlanta, not far from their former homes at Turner Field and Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
The team will be feted for about two miles along the city's most famous thoroughfare, Peachtree Street, before being escorted to its current home in suburban Cobb County to resume the parade for another mile at approximately 2 p.m..
The celebration will conclude with a free concert featuring Atlanta rappers Ludacris and Big Boi at Truist Park, which opened in 2017 and is about 12 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Tickets to the celebration and ceremony inside the stadium at 3:30 p.m. are free must be reserved in advance by visiting braves.com/parade.
When the Atlanta Braves won their previous World Series title in 1995 — the franchise also won one title in Boston in 1914 and another in Milwaukee in 1957 — they played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. It was imploded and the site converted into a parking lot for Turner Field, which was built next door and originally used as the main stadium for the 1996 Centennial Olympics.
The Braves played at the Ted from 1997 to 2016 before moving to Cobb County. Their previous home has since been converted into a stadium for Georgia State University's football team.