MINNEAPOLIS, OCT. 27 -- A blizzard of streamers and confetti, some of it shredded money, snowed today on the World Series victory parade as tens of thousands of cheering fans greeted the Minnesota Twins.
Twins Manager Tom Kelly, the players and their wives rode in open convertibles in chilly weather, while fans hoisted banners and waved "Homer Hankies," the white cloth that became a symbol of the Twins' drive to the championship of baseball.
The players waved to the crowd, thanked fans who yelled their congratulations and leaned out of the cars to give "high-fives" to those lucky enough to get close. Outfielder Tom Brunansky waved a "Homer Hankie" as he greeted fans, many of whom had ducked out of work or school for the occasion.
"It's great!" yelled infielder Al Newman.
Some people stood on roofs while others climbed light poles and leaned out windows to get a glimpse of the Twins, who beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2, Sunday in the seventh and deciding game of the Series.
Some of the confetti was green. The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in shredded money for the parade. The old currency was no longer usable and was slated for shredding and disposal.
The caravan traveled the eight miles from Minneapolis to St. Paul, where hundreds of thousands more stood waiting for the victory entourage to arrive for a final round of speechmaking outside the state Capitol.
Shane Boutch, a college student from Winona, Minn., came up for the celebration.
"I tried to get tickets for the Series but I didn't get any, so I thought this was the next best thing," Boutch said. "I'm not a true blue fan but it's great to be a part of this. I started getting excited as the Twins did well at the end of the season."
Maureen Budahl of St. Paul went to all four Series games at the Metrodome.
"I knew they were going to do it but I still cried all through the ninth inning of the final game," she said. "I was just so happy that we finally did it."
Budahl said the celebration was a fitting climax for long-suffering Twins fans.