Speaking for myself. This championship just about as exciting for me as Red Sox in 2004 and Pats in St Louis. The parade was great and I share Adrian Walkers delight in seeing new young fans.
Multitudes hail Celtics’ long-awaited 17th banner
By Michael Levenson and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff | June 20, 2008
Euphoric multitudes of cheering, chanting, cigar-chomping fans turned downtown Boston into a twisting river of emerald and white yesterday in a celebratory salute to the Celtics’ first championship in 22 years.
It was an emotional high point for a region that not only saw the Celtics complete the greatest single-season turnaround in basketball history, but has witnessed the ascent to dominance of two of its other professional sports teams, the Red Sox and the Patriots.
A beguiling brew of sparkling weather, hometown pride, and simple admiration for a legendary team brought the faithful and the newly converted to the streets to see the Celtics roll like roundball royalty from the TD Banknorth Garden to Copley Square. Decked in shamrock-speckled top hats, green wigs, and Celtics jerseys, tens of thousands of fans lined the route.
Showers of green-and-white confetti cascaded across the skies as the players soaked in the revelry on duck boats, flanked by police officers on motorcycles, bicycles, and foot. Judging from the screams, Paul Pierce – sporting a T-shirt emblazoned with his nickname, “The Truth” – was the crowd favorite.
The team captain puffed a cigar that he said had been given to him by Red Auerbach, the late legendary coach known for lighting up after Celtics victories. Hoisting his golden Finals MVP trophy, Pierce listened to the gleeful chorus of fans pressed along barricades, perched in trees, and leaning out windows: “MVP! MVP!”