They went, of course, to celebrate the Giants’ World Series victory over the Texas Rangers. And on the 8:20 a.m. ferry, revelers were greeted by the MSC Texas, a super-sized cargo ship owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, as it made its way through the Estuary toward the Port of Oakland.
The crowd on the Alameda-Oakland ferry was in a good mood, not only because of the planned festivities. Unlike their counterparts on the Golden Gate Ferry coming over from Marin County, the East Bay ferry riders did not have to deal with extra traffic, crowded parking lots or large crowds on the boats.
There were large crowds all over downtown San Francisco, though, as people from all over the Bay Area congregated along the parade route. There were no official estimates, but many spectators think that at least one million people showed up for the event.
As a result, it wasn’t easy to get very close to the players as they made their way through downtown, smiling, waving and — in the case of Barry Zito — taking pictures.