Lebron James takes his throne at the head of the Cavaliers’ victory parade

For Cleveland, the 52-year wait for a trophy is over.

LeBron James and the victorious Cleveland Cavaliers took to the streets of the city, to celebrate their first major sports championship since 1964.

Jubilant fans packed downtown on Wednesday as the city gave a hero’s welcome to NBA superstar James and his Cavaliers team-mates.

Hundreds of thousands of revellers cheered their team after it pulled off the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history to dethrone the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

‘The strength and determination displayed throughout the season, post-season, and championship game are truly the embodiment of our city and its people,’ Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said in a statement.

The King of the NBA held his arms open to fans as he drove with his family following the Cavalier's historic win on Sunday night 

Holding a cigar, the Finals MVP turns around and smiles at another section of the crowd. He marked the moment with his family sitting in the back seat of the car 

JR Smith takes a selfie as the team makes their way through the Ohio city in front of adoring supporters. Smith has appeared with a shirt off since the team's victory on Sunday 

He reaches out and touches the NBA Championship trophy while holding a cigar 

Cleveland Poilce uploaded a picture from their helicopter onto Twitter, capturing the huge crowds that had gathered for the team 

Fans pushed against barriers to catch a glimpse of the victorious players 

He holds his hands to his chest in appreciation as supporters squeeze in to try and get a glimpse of the stars 

Kevin Love holds up a WWE Championship belt during the procession celebrating the win 

James arrives at the Quicken Loans Arena with his children before the start of his side's trophy parade on Wednesday

Fans streamed onto the sidewalks on either side of the stadium route as they waited for the team to start the parade

Cleveland Cavaliers fans take a selfie in front of a mural of star player James - he led his side to a historic first NBA title triumph

Jubilant supporters arrive in their numbers to cheer on the recently-crowned NBA champions ahead of their trophy parade in Cleveland

A sign which reads 'RIP 1964' - in reference to the city's first major sporting win in 52 years - is pinned to the top of a parking garage 

The championship victory ends a decades-long sports drought for the Ohio city, where downtown streets were packed with cheering crowds hours before the parade was scheduled to begin.

The city’s hotels were fully booked, with people lining up on the streets for the best spots from 1am local time.

The parade and rally cap a celebration that began the moment the game ended on Sunday night.

The final buzzer had barely sounded when fans rushed to street corners, dancing and cheering. Cars rolled up and down streets, blaring their horns.

On Monday, 20,000 supporters greeted the team when they arrived from California, where the final game was played.

LeBron James ensured his place among the NBA’s all-time legends with his virtuoso performance.

The 31-year-old forward scored 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and passed out 11 assists to power Cleveland’s 93-89 victory over defending champion Golden State in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Cleveland’s public transit system announced early in the morning that all of its parking lots – which were offered for free to parade goers – were full as fans descended on the city.

The huge crowds were affecting normal business with two live theatre productions forced to reschedule performances while the Cleveland Municipal Court said some cases will be automatically rescheduled if people involved in hearings were unable to appear.

The Cavaliers’ victory broke a drought that had lasted since 1964, when the Cleveland Browns won the National Football League championship. Despite being represented in three major sports – baseball, basketball and football – a Cleveland franchise has not come home with a season-ending trophy since then.

King James helped to create history by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA championship triumph

James swings on the basket after dunking the ball to help his side claim an eventual 93-89 victory over the Western Conference franchise

Source: The DailyMail

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