Fans Celebrate Los Angeles Lakers' 15th NBA Championship

Thank you for all the support, baby. We love you. Let’s go, Lakers”

— Derek Fisher, Lakers Guard

LOS ANGELES (AP)—The streets of downtown were transformed into a sea of purple and gold on Wednesday as tens of thousands of joyous Los Angeles Lakers fans joined their team in a raucous but mostly peaceful celebration of its 15th NBA championship.

Taking a time-out from work or unemployment, 95,000 people filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to give a hero’s welcome to players and coaches, who were showered with purple and gold confetti as the Randy Newman song “I Love L.A.” blared from loudspeakers.

LOS ANGELES -- Tens of thousands of jubilant Los Angeles Lakers fans flooded downtown Wednesday, creating a tidal wave of purple and gold while celebrating the storied franchise's 15th NBA title with a high-energy parade and rally paid for by the city's movers and shakers.

People clad in the team colors stood 20 or more deep along the 2½-mile parade route from Staples Center to the packed Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where players were greeted with a thunderous ovation and showered with purple and gold confetti.