2009 Lakers Parade Route and Photos

By Daria Belov

The Lakers Parade Route is an easy one this year, as the 2009 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers make their way from the Staples Center to the LA Coliseum for a victory celebration. After much heated discussion as to who was going to cover city expenses for hosting such a parade, it is moving forward, with contributions made by wealthy Los Angeles residents and the Lakers organization. I love a parade!

Lakers Parade - Los Angeles Lakers Cheerleaders
Cheerleaders at Los Angeles Lakers Parade

When is the Lakers Parade? — The 2009 parade is expected to start at about 11am today, with gates opening at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum around 9:30am. Participants are advised to arrive at the Coliseum early, in order to beat the crowds. There should be plenty of opportunities for those wanting to see the World Championship Lakers along the parade route, if they don’t want to head to the Coliseum. The view along Figueroa Street should be clear most of the way.

Richard Winton of the Los Angeles Times, wrote yesterday that Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa says Lakers parade needed in tough times, and I agree. I know that LA chiropractor Michael Dorausch agrees as well, having closed his chiropractic office for the 2001 Lakers Parade, and the 2002 Lakers Parade. We told him to be back in for the evening shift, and to bring some Lakers Parade photos. We’ll update this post with Parade photos later today.

Lakers Parade Route — It’s easy, this year’s Lakers victory parade begins at the Staples Center (just off the 110 and 10 freeways) and heads south along Figueroa Street. The parade is expected to reach the Los Angeles Coliseum around noon, with an afternoon victory celebration taking place there. Those taking the MetroLink should look for the Blue Line on Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles. That will get you close to the Staples Center.

Those heading to the LA Coliseum to celebrate there, can find more details on the Colosseum Website Lakers Championship Parade page. The parade route is nearly 2 miles long, and players, Lakers coaching staff, executives and city officials will travel along Figueroa Street on double-decker buses. The Colosseum is limiting access to the first 95,000 people arriving, so make plans to get there early. There will be big screen videos to watch the parade live from the Colosseum.

Be safe and have fun Los Angeles!

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