Cavaliers announce championship parade on Wednesday

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The championship parade and celebration for the newly crowned NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers will be held on Wednesday.

The Cavaliers are scheduled to arrive back in Cleveland around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, with a huge crowd of fans expected to greet them as they emerge off the plane with the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

More details about the parade and celebration were expected on Monday, according to city officials. It's unclear if Quicken Loans Arena will be the site for any of Wednesday's events because of preparations that are ongoing in advance of next month's Republican National Convention.

Cleveland's championship drought, crossing 52 years and generations, is over at last.

LeBron James, the kid from Akron raised by a single mother, brought the title home on Father's Day.

As the final seconds ticked off on the giant scoreboard inside Quicken Loans Arena, 18,000 fans, some of them strangers when Sunday night began, cried, hugged, screamed and shared a moment many of them have spent a lifetime dreaming of.

With James leading the way and winning MVP honors, the Cavs became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in their victory over the Golden State Warriors.

At 10:37 p.m., Cleveland became a title town for the first time since Dec. 27, 1964, when the Browns won the NFL championship. There had been so many close calls in between, so much heartache.

"I can't wait to get back home," James said.

 

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