BOSTON - The streets will be crowded again with screaming fans celebrating a championship - but this time they'll be wearing green.
Boston mayor Tom Menino announced plans yesterday for a "rolling rally" at 11 a.m. today to celebrate the Celtics' win Tuesday over the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. The parade will start at the TD Banknorth Garden and wind its way through downtown to Copley Square. The parade also will be broadcast on a Jumbotron in Copley Square and Boston Common.
Sixteen World War II-era amphibious "duck boats" will carry the Celtics players, owners and staff. The team's dancers, former Celtics greats and championship trophies from previous years will ride on two flatbed trucks.
City officials urged the hundreds of thousands of fans expected to attend the parade to use public transportation, with streets around the route closed to traffic beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The city has held five other championship parades since 2002 - three when the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl and two when the Red Sox won the World Series. The last one was on Oct. 30, after the Red Sox swept the Colorado Rockies.
But Celtics fans haven't had much to cheer since 1986, the final time Larry Bird and Boston won the NBA championship. That all changed when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen helped secure the franchise's 17th championship.
"We're a city of champions," Menino said. "We are 'Title Town.' "
Meanwhile, prosecutors said 10 people were arraigned on charges stemming from criminal acts during the Celtics' championship celebrations.
Police arrested 22 people before and after the Celtics won Tuesday night. Ten suspects were arraigned in Boston Municipal Court yesterday, the vast majority for disorderly conduct.
Several storefront windows were damaged near the TD Banknorth Garden after the game.
Menino called the alleged offenders "punks" and called for tough penalties. Police increased patrols and used video surveillance at key areas around the city to control rowdiness. *