I have been a fan of Los Angeles sports since I was born. In that time, our teams have won a total of nine championships between our basketball, baseball and hockey teams, and I have yet to attend a parade. This has become increasingly annoying as I've grown up, and has come to a head with the Kings winning the Stanley Cup.
This team has arguably the strongest, most dedicated and tortured fan base out of all others in the city (Clippers included), and they have finally won their first championship. Finally! Of course everyone is excited for the victory parade that will follow, but unfortunately the fans who filled Staples night after night will not be able to attend.
For some reason, these victory parades are always planned in the middle of a weekday when the vast majority of people are at work and unable to attend or even watch the parade. They can partake in none of the festivities that they've waited so long for.
Clearly the fans who attended the night games are not going to be able to come out during the day. The city and team are neglecting these fans who whole-heartedly cheered on their team all season long. The season ticket holders make up a large portion of the audience at games, and they are the ones who essentially make the money for the team. These people are hard at work during the day, so that they can get season tickets next year.
One of the worst parts of having the parade during the day is the traffic. It's bad enough that people are sitting in cubicles, knowing that the festivities are taking place, but then they have to sit through the traffic generated from this to get home, rubbing in their faces what they've missed out on. At any given time the streets and freeways of LA can be packed, but it's a certainty that this will happen on weekday afternoons. So, bringing thousands of more people into the city at this time will only serve to remind fans, as they wait an extra hour to get home, that they couldn't partake in the last celebration of their long awaited Stanley Cup.
Sure, you could argue that if fans really wanted to be there they could take off work or call in sick, but why encourage that kind of behavior? This is a time when people are happy to have any kind of job, and they wouldn't risk it by calling in sick on a day when their favorite team is obviously having a parade.