Letdown vanishes quickly, as Atlanta prepares to cheer

October 29, 1991

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Braves fans weren't heartsick for long over their team's loss in the World Series.

About 5,000 of them turned out before dawn yesterday to welcome the Braves home, and the city plans a ticker-tape parade today.

"Even though they didn't pull it through, it didn't matter, we still had a great season," said Beverly Mundy, among the chanting, tomahawk-chopping fans who squeezed into a concourse at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport for the Braves' 4:30 a.m. arrival on a chartered flight.

Sunday night's 1-0 loss in the 10th inning of Game 7 gave the Minnesota Twins the Series, four games to three, but that was almost irrelevant to most Braves fans.

They are expected to line Peachtree Street for today's parade, which will feature 100 miles of ticker tape. Atlanta Chamber of Commerce officials spent Sunday stuffing the tape into 100 bags to be distributed today to buildings along the parade route, which ends at City Hall.

"We had a great time organizing this one," said Holly Mull, Atlanta's special events manager. "Everybody wanted to be involved."

Almost 3,500 will participate in the parade, and spectators were being urged to bring their own banners, streamers and tomahawks.

There will be at least 16 marching bands, floats with baseball motif, tomahawk brigades and tom-tom teams. There will be a baseball bat drill team armed with World Series originals, as well as Little Leaguers, flag corps and cheerleaders.

A contingent of twins will carry banners that say "Twins Salute the Braves."

"They're all identical twins," Mull said. "We thought it was appropriate."

The centerpiece of the parade will be the convertibles carrying the Braves players, coaches and their families.

"The Braves deserve a parade," Mull said. "They have stolen our hearts. They are our heroes."

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