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Watch: Crowds Cheer Long Beach Olympians Parade

Fans cheer hometown heroes riding in vintage autos through Belmont Shore and 2012 gold-medalist Misty May-Treanor is swarmed by chanting fans--beach volleyball players.

The moment Saturday was touching and spontaneous.

As most of the spectators to the Long Beach Olympians Parade lingered on Second Street, the fire trucks and vintage cars carrying dozens of Olympic athletes snaked down Ocean Boulevard to return to their staging area at the Belmont Pool.

Suddenly, gold medalist Misty May-Treanor's black convertible was stopped at Pomona Avenue. It turned out scores of sand volleyball players had abandoned their beach courts and ran to the grassy center divider, then they swarmed her ride to such joyful degree that it stopped her convertible. ( of video we caught and check out the photos).

Beaming with a big smile, she was clearly charmed by the members of her Olympic sport crowding and cheeering for her. They were also chanting "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"

It was truly a hometown heroes' parade, and Olympians harked from prior generations as well as the London 2012 Olympics, whose gold medalists were well represented Saturday in Belmont Shore. Misty May-Treanor is a gold medalist with partner Kerri Walsh-Jennings. May-Treanor is a well-known local athlete and helped lead the 49ers to championships at Cal State Long Beach.

Check back later for a full photo gallery of pictures from the parade sidelines. You just might be in it! And feel free to follow us on Twitter and "like" us on Facebook.

Kathy Olszewski Marino September 16, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Thank You, John Morris!
Nancy Wride (Editor) September 16, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I thought the City of Long Beach put on the parade, but was it John Morris' idea?

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