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Lynx, fans celebrate title with championship parade through Minneapolis

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The Lynx were cheered on through downtown Minneapolis Friday as they celebrated their third WNBA championship.

A parade route lined with basketball fans supported the WNBA champs all the way from 11th Street and Hennepin Avenue to Target Center, where fans filled the lower level of the arena for an extended celebration of the best women's basketball team on the planet.

According to the Star Tribune, thousands turned out to watch. Lindsey Whalen was wearing an old school Minnesota North Stars stocking cap and throwing candy to the crowd. The final car in the parade carried Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus, along with the three championship trophies the Lynx have won since 2011.

As Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges noted, the celebration started with Gov. Mark Dayton early Friday morning. Dayton declared Friday "Minnesota Lynx Day."

Augustus, who immediately became emotional after the Wednesday night victory over Indiana in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, told

" target="_blank">FOX Sports North that she cried because she missed half the season due to injury.

Augustus added that the players were "living in the moment" because a lot of them have to leave the U.S. as soon as Saturday to get ready to play in Europe.

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