Houston announces Friday parade for champs

After 56 seasons, the Astros are ready to celebrate their first World Series championship in franchise history.

The Astros’ 2017 World Series championship parade will take place Friday at 2 p.m. CT in downtown Houston, starting at the corner of Smith and Lamar Streets just a couple blocks away from Sam Houston Park. The parade will then proceed north on Smith Street before winding its way through downtown.

“It’s a true privilege to proudly host this magnificent salute to our hometown team that has earned history,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “As we bounce back from Hurricane Harvey, we are more than ready to welcome our heroes home in proper form.”

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The Astros wrapped up an incredible 2017 World Series marked by a multitude of home runs, momentum shifts and lead changes, culminating Wednesday night in a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium. Only three franchises in history had waited longer for their first World Series title: The Phillies (77 years), Orioles (63) and the cross-state Rangers (57), who are still searching for title No. 1. Only seven current MLB franchises remain without a championship.

Players from the Astros’ championship roster are expected to participate in Friday’s parade, along with owner Jim Crane, manager A.J. Hinch and, of course, the Commissioner’s Trophy. The 2017 World Series marks the first championship claimed by a Houston team in any of the four major North American professional sports since the NBA’s Rockets won back-to-back titles in 1994-95.

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