‘It means everything’: Approximately 500,000 fans show up and show out for Bucks parade

MILWAUKEE — Approximately 500,000 fans packed downtown Milwaukee during the Bucks’ parade and subsequent celebration Thursday afternoon.

For many, the feeling of joy transcended what had happened on the court.

It means everything,” said Jaguan Wiatt. “It’s something I’ll never forget, honestly. I feel like everyone out here is going to remember this until the day we die.”

Wiatt, who lives in the city, said Thursday’s parade was also a chance to show the rest of the country what it means to be from Milwaukee.

“(It shows) for one, that we exist. Most of the time they ask is it just cow or horses? No. This is what Milwaukee is. When they ask what we have here or what’s going on here, tell them that we’re champions.”

For others, the celebration of the first championship in 50 years was reason to return home. For Robert Misiti, it meant catching a flight from Nevada late last night.

Pure excitement. Pure joy,” he said. “Just elated for the fans and the city, because it’s been well earned, well deserved, and it’s been such a long time.”

Thursday’s parade, for many, was the first time the city had united – after a year where much had divided it.

To bring the city together in this way, where people are all together for a common purpose to cheer on our team, you can’t ask for anything better than that,” said Donna Lobacz.

This is something huge for Milwaukee,” said Tissa McMillan. “I’m just excited to be a part of it.”

It just goes to show you that anything is possible, so just keep going for it,” Wiatt said. “If we dedicate to ourselves to anything in life like they dedicate themselves to this championship they brought us, clearly it will work out in our favor.”