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WISN Milwaukee 22 July, 2021 - 10:26am 12 views

When is the NBA championship parade?

Parade Celebrating NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks set for Thursday at 11 a.m. The 2020-21 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks will celebrate their first championship in 50 years with a parade presented by BMO through downtown Milwaukee tomorrow, Thursday, July 22, beginning at 11 a.m. Bucks.comParade Celebrating NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks set for Thursday at 11 a.m.

What time is the parade in Milwaukee?

The "Bucks Victory Parade" starts about 11 a.m. on the eastern end of Wisconsin Avenue, the city and team announced Wednesday. The weather during the parade will cooperate with fans. Rain will likely hold off until after the parade, forecasters say. Here's what to know. Milwaukee Journal SentinelParade celebrating Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA Championship victory will start at 11 a.m. Thursday. Here's what to know.

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Former Bucks player Desmond Mason paints mural in Milwaukee

WTMJ-TV 31 December, 1969 - 06:00pm

MILWAUKEE — Long before he ever picked up a basketball, Desmond Mason says he picked up a paintbrush.

"I always loved it, and I wanted to do something with it," Mason said. "I was studying to be a teacher when I was in college, an art teacher. Basketball showed up, and it worked out pretty well."

Mason played for the Milwaukee Bucks back in the early 2000s. Tuesday night he says he was out in the Deer District watching his former team make history.

"50 years, I didn’t know if I'd ever see a championship won in Milwaukee," Mason said. "But 50 years and that streak has been broken by a great young team."

Now Mason will leave his mark in Milwaukee again, this time as an artist. The Milwaukee Bucks partnered with Jack Daniels to invite Mason and three local artists—Tia Richardson, Aisha Valentin, and Ruben Alcantar—to paint murals around the city. They each showcase Milwaukee's diversity and community.

Mason's is located at 1335 N. MLK Dr. The others are located at 818 S. 2nd St., 2377 Holton St., and 631 S. 6th St.

Mason's mural will include the Bucks logo and his mantra, "We are better together."

"I think the most important thing is unity, being together," Mason said. "It’s much easier to battle through some of these things if we're all on the same page."

Back when he was on the Bucks, Mason hosted three art shows here in Milwaukee. That's when he said he met an art critic from Chicago who in part helped give him the confidence to launch his art career. Mason was also involved in giving back to the Milwaukee community, and he said he tried to adopt a young foster child.

"When I think about that, I incorporate it in this, because it’s just a bigger picture, unification," Mason said. "Making sure we’re trying to help people do the right thing, have our hearts in the right place."

He hopes his art will make a difference in a city he says will always be special to him.

"There’s still some struggles in Milwaukee, there’s a lot of work to still be done on all sides," Mason said. "But yet, still, the goal is to put out messages like this, that allow people to, again, drive by, walk by, see it and go, you know, I'm going to do something good today."

The mural will officially unveil Thursday, July 22, at 11 a.m.

Milwaukee Bucks championship parade; fans line streets

FOX 6 Milwaukee 22 July, 2021 - 06:42am

Thousands of people poured into downtown streets on Thursday to catch a glimpse of the Milwaukee Bucks in a parade that celebrates the city’s first NBA championship in half a century.

The players and owners will board five double-decker buses as they roll through the heart of the city. They'll finish with a celebration outside Fiserv Forum in the city's Deer District, where an estimated 100,000 people gathered Tuesday night to watch the Bucks put away the Phoenix Suns in Game 6.

Fans have embraced NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who decided to stay with the team that selected him eight years ago with the 15th overall pick in the draft when he was just 18 years old.

The parade will begin around 11 a.m. CT on the eastern end of Wisconsin Avenue. The parade watchers are invited to line the route starting west of the pedestrian crossing where Prospect Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue meet. After moving west along Wisconsin Avenue, the parade will turn north on Water Street, ending at Knapp Street. Festivities will continue in Block 6 of Deer District, which is located directly north of Fiserv Forum between Vel R. Phillips Avenue and Fifth Street. The stage will be on the north side of Block 6 near the intersection of Fifth Street and McKinley Avenue. The program is anticipated to conclude by 2 p.m.

In addition to the streets on the parade route, the following streets will be closed as early as 8:00 a.m. 

An effort will be made to ensure cross streets intersecting with the parade route remain open to vehicle traffic as long as possible. 

Service on The Hop will be maintained throughout the day, though minor delays may be possible given the crowds downtown and the parade crossing the route. Riders are encouraged to follow @HopAlerts on Twitter to be notified of any delays and track the vehicles in real time utilizing the streetcar’s real-time route map at https://thehopmke.com/interactive-map/ or the free TransLoc app (available via the App Store or Google Play). 

These street closures will impact multiple MCTS bus routes that operate in downtown Milwaukee. Passengers should visit RIDEMCTS.com/Alerts for information about detours. 

"NO PARKING – TOW AWAY ZONE" signs are currently being posted. Vehicles must be moved to ensure safety. All vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and towed. If your vehicle is towed, please call (414) 286-2700 for more information. Additional information on reclaiming and payment is at milwaukee.gov/Towing. 

Metered parking locations throughout the city and contactless payments are available on the MKE Park app available for free download on iPhone and Android devices. Another resource is available parkmilwaukee.com which provides a list of parking lots and structures.

Due to crowd sizes, the Wisconsin Avenue parade route has been closed to cross traffic and The Hop streetcar service has been temporarily suspended. Service will resume as conditions warrant.

The party is just getting started as Milwaukee gets ready for the celebration of a lifetime following the Bucks' NBA championship win. On Thursday, July 22, the city will cheer the champs with a victory parade and Deer District celebration.

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‘It’s just been a phenomenon’: Bucks gear selling fast, new championship merch on the way

Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3 21 July, 2021 - 08:06pm

MONONA, Wis. – Plenty of tired Milwaukee Bucks fans are still excited about the NBA Finals championship win Tuesday night, looking for ways to show their Bucks pride.

From the Deer District to Madison, a lot of Wisconsin was moving slowly Wednesday.

“It was amazing. It was crazy,” said Madison resident, Chris Tanner, who spent time in the Deer District Tuesday night. “I’m still getting my voice back. (It was) 65,000 of our closest friends having a good time and celebrating something I’ve never seen in my life.”

“(I’m) tired, pretty excited,” Madison fan Sam Bohrod said. “It was an emotional evening. I did shed some tears—Giannis-style happy tears.”

All the while, Bucks gear has been going fast in the days and weeks leading up to the championship win.

Schoeneberg said though sales slowed down a bit Wednesday, they’ve gotten used to being busier than ever.

“This has been nonstop all day every day for like three weeks, almost four weeks,” she said. “It was the busiest and most different situation we ever had.”

Usually, Bucks gear made up about 5% of total sales. Schoeneberg estimates that’s jumped to 80 to 90% in recent days.

“This has been like (an) unbelievable good thing for Wisconsin, for us, after that terrible year last year with no sports,” she said. “Now we win a championship this year, so that’s pretty cool.”

Championship gear has arrived! And more is coming. Lots of (tired) Bucks fan stopping in to check it out. pic.twitter.com/f63687t8yx

— Madalyn O’Neill (@news3madalyn) July 21, 2021

Name of the Game got the first of their championship gear Tuesday morning, with much more to arrive in coming days and weeks.

“I didn’t want to wait,” said Tanner, who stopped by the shop in the afternoon. “I wanted to get it right away.”

“The kids were hoping for a little additional gear in celebration of the victory yesterday, and maybe the parents did as well,” Bohrod said while he and his family shopped at the store.

Even with the championship clinched, fans said the Bucks don’t stop here.

“They want to do another (title), and so I’m with them on that one, but right now I’m just reveling in the victory,” Bohrod said.

“You keep going for the love of the sport, love of the customers that come in,” Schoeneberg said. “Such a great team. What a nice team. That says something wonderful about Wisconsin.”

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