Some cheer and others tear during Muhammad Ali procession - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Some cheer and others tear during Muhammad Ali procession

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -

"I didn't mind the wait. It was worth the wait. I would have waited for him forever," Muhammad Ali fan, Terry Mormon said.

More than 100,000 people lined the streets Friday morning according to city officials.

“We would rather be no other place than right out there to watch him pass,” Muhammad Ali fan, Martha Brown said.

Helicopters buzzed, sirens shrieked, and fans chanted for the Greatest of All Time.

The crowds waited for hours to see Muhammad Ali's casket pass by important landmarks.

“I think we waited about an hour and a half, but definitely worth the wait,” Muhammad Ali fan, Pat Sheehan said.

The procession, including The Ali family and friends, like stars Will Smith and Mike Tyson, started at the funeral home.

It made a stop on I-64 outside of the Muhammad Ali Center for a little more than a minute.

It passed his high school and his childhood home to name a few locations.

Scattered along the route, musicians played and artists displayed tributes because Muhammad Ali was, among many other things, a talented artist.

"I love you Ali! You're the greatest,” Muhammad Ali fan, Dennis Dicky said.

Many traveled hours to be here and brought their pets too.

Others brought their mothers and their daughters because Muhammad Ali promoted a message that crosses all generations.

"She's growing up in a completely different generation and you know, I want her to know and remember this and be like ‘wow, I was a part of that when it happened," Muhammad Ali fan, Ladassa Brown said.

“I didn't really grow up knowing of him very well, but my dad and I both agreed it would be a really great experience to pay tribute to what a wonderful man he was in terms of athleticism, as well as doing so much for civil rights,” Muhammad Ali fan, Anna Estes said.

Just like Muhammad Ali ran alongside his school bus each morning as part of his training, one young boy, ran alongside the procession shadow boxing.

Most were cheering, but others tearing.

“I'm happy, but I'm sad that's he's gone. He's at peace. No more Parkinson’s. Now we have to live with our afflictions. Society has to change and I will always remember him,” Frances Woods said.

The procession started at 10:30 a.m. and ended at 1 p.m. at Cave Hill Cemetery where Muhammad Ali will be buried. 

The 2 p.m. memorial service was pushed back one hour to 3 p.m. because the procession lasted longer than expected. 

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