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Uploaded: Monday, October 29, 2012, 7:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:47 AM
S.F. to hold ticker tape parade tomorrow for Giants
36 arrested after unruly celebrations Sunday night, including setting $1-million bus on fire
|San Francisco will hold a ticker tape parade and civic celebration in honor of the San Francisco Giants tomorrow but police are taking measures to prevent a repeat of Sunday night's destructive celebrants.
The parade in honor of the Giants' World Series victory against the Detroit Tigers will start at 11 a.m. at the foot of Market Street and continue to Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said.
The Giants swept the Tigers, winning the series in Game 4 in Detroit with a 4-3 victory. It is the team's second World Series win in three years.
The streets of San Francisco were filled with celebrating fans following the win and the sound of car horns and fireworks were heard all over the city.
San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday his department did not anticipate the destructive behavior by Giants fans after the World Series win on Sunday night but said police have plans to ensure nothing similar happens at Wednesday's parade for the team.
A total of 36 people were arrested, 23 for felonies, while dozens of businesses were vandalized and a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus was set on fire in the wake of the Giants' 4-3, extra-inning game on Sunday that completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, Suhr said.
The chief said the revelry started peacefully, but "after the original, understandable celebration comes the almost mystifying belief that some people can just come trash San Francisco."
Suhr said the destructive behavior was "a one-up" on San Francisco's celebration of the Giants' World Series win over the Texas Rangers in 2010 and came as a surprise to authorities.
Safety concerns initially prevented firefighters from coming to extinguish multiple bonfires set in the middle of streets in the Mission District. The fires were eventually put out after police scorted the firefighters through the crowds, he said.
Police are still looking for who set the Muni 8X-Bayshore Express bus on fire at Market and Kearny streets, Suhr said. Eight passengers plus the driver were all able to get out safely before the bus was set ablaze, he said.
The bus cost $1 million after it was revamped recently, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.
Vandals also sprayed graffiti on storefronts along several blocks of Mission Street.
One officer suffered a broken finger in the mayhem while another injured a wrist. Other officers were struck by glass bottles but did not require medical treatment, Suhr said.
— Bay City News Service
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