The 2024 NBA championship parade

The parade kicked off at 11 a.m. at TD Garden, and fans packed the streets to celebrate the championship. Here's how it unfolded through the eyes of the Globe's reporters on the scene.

11:53 a.m.: Derrick White rode by on his duck boat, bumping along to the cheers of the crowd. But from far away, it was hard to tell if he was smiling. "Smile, Derrick," one fan yelled.

11:49 a.m.: The first duck boat, driven by Joe Mazzulla, arrived on Boylston. Next to him was Jayson Tatum, who held the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Jaylen Brown, on the next duck boat, held his MVP trophy. As the boats rolled down the street, fans chanted, "MVP!"

11:46 a.m.: Fans tossed around a big neon tennis ball on the street, connecting from one side of the railings to the other. "Throw it to the construction workers," one fan said. "They're working hard today," said another, as cheers erupted as a worker caught the ball and tossed it back to the fans.

11:38 a.m.: The 30-minute countdown to the start of the parade began. The area in front of TD Garden was packed, with fans stationed down Canal Street to catch a glimpse of Causeway Street.

11:37 a.m.: Fans playing a game of catch on the corner of Boylston and Arlington Streets waited for the parade to pass their section.

11:31 a.m.: Sly Edigio, the owner of Beantown Collectibles, was happy after selling almost $5,000 worth of "World Champions" merchandise for Game 4.

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