More Than 1M Fans Celebrate in Houston

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An estimated crowd of more than 1 million fans celebrated the Houston Astros’ World Series win with a downtown parade Monday. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had encouraged fans coming to the victory parade to “arrive early, wear Astros’ colors, be loud and celebrate safely.” The parade, which started at noon and lasted for a couple of hours, packed sidewalks with people as Astros players riding floats and buses waved at cheering fans. The parade took place without any serious incidents, except for the arrest of a 33-year-old man who was accused by Houston police of throwing a beer can at Sen. Ted Cruz, who was riding in the back of a truck that was part of the parade, the AP reports. Police said that the beer can hit the Republican senator in the chest and neck area but that he did not require any medical attention.

The man, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested by police. He is expected to face assault charges, police said. Video from the parade showed people along the route booing Cruz as he went by, including just before he was hit by the beer can. Although a final tally of the number of people at the parade was not immediately available, it was expected to surpass the 1 million individuals who attended the parade held after the Astros won their first World Series in 2017, said Mary Benton, a spokeswoman for Turner. The Astros clinched their second World Series title in six seasons Saturday. Yordan Alvarez hit a towering three-run homer, helping the Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 in Game 6.

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