Dallas, Mavs poised to announce Thursday parade

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 13 at 11:28 PM

DALLAS — If the last 24 hours are any indication, basketball fans will crowd Dallas streets this Thursday for the Mavericks victory parade.

The team and the City of Dallas plan to release specifics about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, said Frank Librio, a spokesman for the city. The city will release further details a couple of hours later, Librio added.

Sources told News 8 the parade will run a mile-and-a-half from City Hall to the American Airlines Center, but the specific route was among details being worked out.

"Plans are still in the making," said Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway. "An announcement is yet to come. We're en route. There will be a parade."

When the team landed at Love Field Monday morning, City Council member Ann Margolin was there.

"Mark Cuban came over to a few of us and said he was thrilled to be able to pay for the whole parade, and that he wasn't going to have to bother the city for anything," Margolin said.

That's welcome news at City Hall, as the Council still faces a budget shortfall.

Last year, as Los Angeles faced tough times, the owner of the Lakers did the same thing. That team paid every penny for police and the production.

They likely had no choice after the outcry in 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported, when taxpayers got stuck with $1.8-million in charges for a two-mile parade.

Corporations often foot the bill for victory parades. That's what happened in 1999 when the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup and marched from City Hall to Reunion Arena.

That production cost an estimated $297,000, and the private sector paid for it all.

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