Sixteen lucky county employees were chosen to ride with Dallas County officials in the Mavericks Championship Parade with approximately 240,000 fans cheering as they passed through downtown.
Last month, Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins asked the other Commissioners Court members to allow county employees to wear Dallas Mavericks shirts on game days during the Western Conference Finals and NBA Finals.
After the team won their first NBA title in franchise history and Dallas County secured one float in the historic parade, Judge Jenkins selected from employees who had actually worn Mavericks gear and submitted pictures to him.
The employees were able to attend a social event with other parade participants and several even met some of the players before the parade began.
“I couldn’t believe that I was going to be part of history just because I supported my team by wearing a shirt to work,” said Lamonica Littles, court coordinator for Criminal District Court No. 3. “I had a blast.”
The employees received the most applause when they passed by the three county buildings along Houston Street where other county employees cheered loudly for them. Sheriff Lupe Valdez also joined Judge Jenkins on the float with the employees.
Judge Jenkins credited the addition of Dallas County in the parade to the Public Information Officer Maria Arita and Lisa Chambers, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
“It was great to see our team working so hard to reward county employees with such an awesome opportunity,” Jenkins said. “The Mavericks were gracious to include us and now several of our hardworking employees have memories they will cherish for a lifetime.”