Astros fans line up for parade for World Series champs

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HOUSTON (AP) Hundreds of thousands of people cheered on the Houston Astros as the World Series champs spent an hour traveling in fire trucks and double-decker buses during a victory parade in downtown Houston.

The parade ended Friday afternoon in front of Houston City Hall, where team owner Jim Crane joined Manager A.J. Hinch and coaches on a stage.

Each Astros player was introduced to cheers.

The crowd chanted "MVP" as American League MVP candidate Jose Altuve was introduced. Carlos Correa cradled the World Series trophy.

Fans draped in orange and blue Astros gear crowded the park in front of City Hall, with many wading into a large reflecting pool amid increasing humidity and temperatures in the mid-80s.

Astros fans lined up along streets Friday in downtown Houston, hours before the parade.

As many as a half million people were expected to watch the parade Friday afternoon.

Two of those fans were Manuel Mejia and his 15-year-old son, Jonah.

By 9 a.m. on Friday, the pair had set up four foldable chairs at a street corner where they'll be able to see the start and end of the parade.

The 43-year-old father says he's been an Astros fan since his father took him to his first Astros game when he was 8 years old.

But he also says the World Series win is great for all of Houston, as the city continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

The Houston school district cancelled classes on Friday so students, staff and their families could attend the parade.

Houston officials extended the parade route honoring the World Series champion Astros after more fans than expected showed up for the festivities.

Thousands of people wearing the baseball team's orange and blue colors were standing more than 10 rows deep along downtown streets two hours ahead of the start of the 2 p.m. parade.

Others were claiming bird's-eye views from the upper floors of parking structures along the now 20-block parade route, draping banners down the walls.

So many people are showing up that city officials extended the route an extra two blocks.

The Astros took the series with a Game 7 win Wednesday in Los Angeles.