Oakland parade for NBA Champion Warriors set for Friday

OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU and BCN) -- Oakland will host a parade and rally on Friday for the 2015 NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. Friday for the Warriors, who won their first title in 40 years tonight by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to close out the series 4-2.

The parade will begin at Broadway and 11th Street and will continue north on Broadway before turning right on Grand Avenue, then right on Harrison Street to Lakeside Drive, which becomes Oak Street.

The parade will proceed to the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center for the rally, where fans can line up as soon as 5 a.m., team officials said.

BART is expecting huge crowds before and after the parade, and is making some adjustments to service.

Every available BART train will be running that day, with as many cars added to each train as possible. But to avoid crowded train platforms, there will be limited service at downtown stations after the rally, BART officials said.

Once the rally ends, passengers heading toward the Fremont or Dublin/Pleasanton stations will have to board at the Lake Merritt station. No San Francisco- or Richmond-bound trains will stop at Lake Merritt, according to BART.

Passengers heading toward San Francisco, Richmond or Pittsburg/Bay Point will have to board at either the 12th Street or 19th Street stations, BART officials said.

BART officials hope the changes will keep station platforms from getting extremely crowded, but if platforms do become too congested, access to particular stations could be temporarily suspended.

BART is recommending that riders avoid peak commute hours if possible, purchase round-trip tickets in advance, not to bring bikes that day and avoid driving to BART stations if possible as parking may fill up quickly.