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Thousands of fans lined downtown Milwaukee streets on Thursday to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bucks in a parade to celebrate the city’s first NBA championship in half a century.

The Bucks’ parade began at 11 a.m. local time (18:00 CEST). Bucks players, coaches, owners, alumni, and staff participated in the parade which snaked through the streets of downtown Milwaukee in celebration of the franchise’s first NBA title since 1971. Police estimated 100,000 people jammed the Deer District for Tuesday night’s Game 6.

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Six police officers on horseback clopped past cheering fans at the head of a procession that included a hook-and-ladder fire truck, occasionally blaring its horn, and open-air buses and flatbed trucks carrying Bucks stars including Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, as well as the trophy they captured Tuesday night with a Game 6 victory over Phoenix.

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Fans could be heard chanting, “Bucks in 6!,” an odd but beloved rallying cry with roots in a former Bucks player’s fruitless prediction in 2013 that the team would take down the playoffs’ top seed at the time.

Gov. Tony Evers even declared Thursday “Bucks In Six Day” in Wisconsin, a rallying cry among the fan base ever since former Milwaukee guard Brandon Jennings incorrectly predicted his eighth-seeded Bucks would win a 2013 first-round series over the top-seeded Heat in six games.

Below are some of the best moments from the Bucks’ title celebration:

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