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Mavs Celebrate 1st NBA Title

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Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

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DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki, Mark Cuban and the NBA champion Mavericks are rolling through the streets of downtown Dallas in a parade celebrating the club’s first NBA championship.

More than 250,000 people were expected on a hot morning, with everyone staking out spots hours before the parade’s scheduled 10 a.m. start. Franchise founder Donald Carter and his wife, Linda, for whom he started the club as gift, were in the lead car, a white convertible.

In a waiting area, owner Mark Cuban clutched the championship trophy. Entertainer Jamie Foxx, who is from the Dallas area, joined the fun. Most wore T-shirts that read, “Raise the Banner.”

The parade featured three floats, 10 convertibles and a dozen trucks. It started a few minutes late and was to go less than a mile, ending near the team’s arena, where a bash was planned for 10,000 season-ticket holders. Those inside were treated to a replay of the championship-clinching victory over LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Sunday.
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Associated Press writers Linda Stewart Ball and Diana Heidgerd contributed.

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