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[11/24/2013] Rakuten Eagles Championship Parade

by on Nov.24, 2013 @ 3:12 pm, under NPB

The Rakuten Eagles' Championship Parade took place in Sendai today.  There was a turn out of about 214,000 fans.

There were five convertibles and five open-top double-decker buses.

Cars:

  • First Car (Red): former Miyagi governor Shiro Asano and Miyagi governor Yoshihiro Murai
  • Second Car (White):
  • Third Car (Red):
  • Fourth Car (White): Rakuten manager Senichi Hoshino and Rakuten team owner Yozo Tachibana
  • Fifth Car (Red):

Buses (partial list):

  • First Bus: Yudai Mori (#16), Kazuo Matsui (#7), Koji Aoyama (#41), Shinichiro Koyama (#57), Kengo Kimura (#134)
  • Second Bus: Takero Okajima (#27), Hiroshi Katayama (#28), Motohiro Shima (#37), Yusuke Kosai (#43), Takashi Saito (#44) Tatsuro Iwasaki (#67)
  • Third Bus: Kazuya Fujita (#6), Takahiro Norimoto (#14), Yoshinao Kamata (#21), Shota Koseki (#29), Satoshi Nagai (#30), Hiroaki Shimauchi (#35), Hiroyuki Fukuyama (#64)
  • Fourth Bus: Kenji Tomura (#22), Manabu Mima (#31), Ginji (#33), Aoi Enomoto (#36), Takahiro Shimotsuma (#39), Rintaro Kitagawa (#63), Sho Miyagawa (#90)
  • Fifth Bus: Akihisa Makida (#5), Masahiro Tanaka (#18), Kazuya Takahori (#24), Shintaro Masuda (#32), Yoshitaka Muto (#34), Hirohito Shimai (#50), Taishi Nakagawa (#56), Wataru Karashima (#58)

The parade route was about 1.5 kilometers long.  It took the procession over thirty minutes to travel the entire distance.

Source: Sponichi 11/24/2013, Sponichi 11/24/2013, Asahi Shimbun 11/24/2013, Yomiuri Shimbun 11/24/2013

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UPDATE 11/25 -

Additional notes:

  • About 500 police officers, 1,000 security guards, and 1,200 volunteers were brought in to help keep the event running smoothly.
  • It was the largest parade in Miyagi history.  The previous high of 73,000 was set in March 2006 for Olympic gold medalist Shizuka Arakawa (figure skating).
  • The parade organization committee estimated a turn out of about 200,000.
  • As of the 18th, parade organizers were able to raise about ninety million yen in public funding through donations.  They were able to add another thirty million over the last week.
  • This was the organization's second parade.  The first came before the Eagles' first official year on January 22, 2005.  About 30,000 people attended.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2013, Sports Hochi 11/24/2013, Sanspo 11/25/2013, Sponichi 11/25/2013

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Below are some videos I found on Youtube.  None of them are mine.