MILWAUKEE (NBC26) – Basketball fans continue to celebrate the Milwaukee Bucks’ historic victory in the 2021 NBA Championship.
The sounds of horns and plenty of cheers filled the air in downtown Milwaukee on Thursday, as hundreds of thousands lined the streets hoping to see some of their favorite players in the Bucks Parade.
“This is history. So I had to be here, “said Felicia Boviay, Milwaukee.” A lot of people don’t know much about Milwaukee. So that kind of puts us on the map right now. “
Fans were holding numerous signs reading “Year of the Deer” and “History Made.”
The team traveled down Water Street aboard a double-decker bus, observing the scene with celebratory drinks in hand.
Bucks favorite Giannis Antetokounmpo lifted the MVP Finals trophy in the air for everyone to see.
“I was blown away. I couldn’t think. I was like so excited, ”said Brynn Chaney, Milwaukee.
“I thought, ‘this is the guy. “He’s the guy,” said Robert Cotton, Milwaukee. “He really is the MVP. He has a great mind, great energy. He’s a great person all around.
It’s a moment that defines the historic victory of the Bucks.
“I’ve been watching them since I was a kid with Ray Allen – I’m crying right now, because it’s such a great time,” said Jacob Meister, Milwaukee.
A man visited the city of Atlanta to watch the NBA Finals and the Bucks Parade.
“I’ve been waiting for this forever,” said Mel Dinsker.
Dinsker lived in Milwaukee for most of his life before moving to Atlanta. He’s watched the Bucks play in Atlanta this season.
“I’m so proud of them. I’m so proud of not only Herb Kohl who created and brought it all together, but also the current owners who are truly dedicated to Milwaukee fans and the Milwaukee community,” said said Dinsker.
Others celebrated how victory brings the city together.
“We can put all our differences aside and come together for one main goal, one main goal,” said Justin Langer of Port Washington. “It’s just great to see everyone just happy, jubilant: it’s great. It really brought a lot of excitement to the city. It’s amazing. It’s just absolutely amazing.”
People will be celebrating the Milwaukee Bucks’ first NBA Championship in 50 years for decades to come.
A Madison police officer told NBC26 there were about 500 law enforcement officials at the parade on Thursday, including some from Door County and Green Bay.