More than one million people lined the streets of downtown Houston to celebrate the 2022 World Series Champions during a 1.7-mile parade that included marching bands, players, and confetti-lined streets.
According to the Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOSE), today’s crowd exceeded the 2017 World Series Parade, but it will take a few days to determine the crowd size.
Mayor Sylvester Turner, who rode on a float with members of the team, owner Jim Crane, and Manager Dusty Baker, thanked the attendees and everyone who worked to make the event successful.
"With the eyes of the world watching, today was a great day to be a Houstonian, and I am extremely proud of the Astros and everyone who came out to support the organization," said Mayor Turner. "When Houston shows up, we show out, and today's event is proof that people in the nation's fourth-largest city can unite for a common cause and celebrate in a safe and fun environment."
According to the Joint Information Center at the Houston Emergency Center, one arrest was made and one person was referred to the Houston Sobering Center. There were minimal security issues and the parade route was largely cleared within one hour of the end of the event. Cleanup along the route will continue until it is completed.
A number of people were treated for heat-related medical issues, including 13 people who were transported, but none of the injuries appear to be serious. Some property damage was reported from people standing on vehicles, but no damage was reported to buildings or other structures.
More than 30 partners from public and private agencies collaborated for the event, which featured more than 60 parade entries.
"Today's parade went extremely well. Mayor Turner asked that people come out on their best behavior, and Houston responded with pride and love for this city," said George Buenik, Director of the Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. "our success today was the result of a team effort with local, county, state, federal, and private partners."
Cleanup is probably done now, right?