Parade for champion Mavs sets out early Thursday

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DALLAS (AP) — It’s a party 31 years in the making — the celebration of the first NBA championship won by the Dallas Mavericks.

The fun was to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday with a parade through downtown. More than 250,000 people were expected to cheer on a fleet of three floats, 10 convertibles and a dozen trucks featuring Dirk Nowitzki, Mark Cuban and everyone from team founder Don Carter to Nowitzki’s guru, Holger Geschwindner.

The guest of honor, of course, would be the Larry O’Brien Trophy, the shiny gold statue given to the NBA’s top team.

The parade route was to end at the team’s arena, followed by a bash inside for 10,000 season-ticket holders.

The Mavs won the title by beating LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Sunday.