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Massive Turnout Expected At Mavericks' Championship Parade

After 31 years of waiting, the city of Dallas will finally have an NBA championship to celebrate. And if the estimates prove to be even fairly accurate, the city plans to turn out in full force to the championship parade Thursday to show their support and appreciation for the accomplishments of the World Champion Dallas Mavericks. A staggering number — 250,000 — is expected to line the streets of Dallas for the Mark Cuban funded parade.

Speaking of the bill, it’s a classy move by Cuban to pay for the festivities considering the cash-strapped state the city has been in recently. The city probably would have come up with the money had Cuban not offered to pay considering plans were made for a similar parade back in 2006 when the Mavericks took a 2-0 lead against the Miami Heat:

In 2006, the Mavericks won the first two games of the NBA Finals and local officials were so excited that they released the route of a parade in case the team won it all. Their foe — which happened to be the Heat — used it as motivation to win the next four games.

This time the parade is on for good. Scheduled to begin at 10:30 am local time, it will begin at the Dallas Convention Center downtown and wind its way north to the American Airlines Center.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.