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SACRAMENTO - Workers spent the day Wednesday and Thursday getting the Cesar Chavez Memorial Park ready for the 'Long live the Kings' rally.
Thousands of people were at the rally Thursday night, which kicked off at 5 p.m.
It was the kind of celebration that you would typically see when a team wins an NBA championship. But in Sacramento's case, it was more important than that, because now, the team is here to stay.
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Former and current Kings players Chris Webber, Mitch Richmond, Bobby Jackson, Scot Pollard, Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas appeared at the rally and talked to fans.
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Mayor Kevin Johnson and most of the members of the new ownership group, including Vivek Ranadive were also present.
In addition to the special guests and players, there was also be live music with Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon, rapper Alex Johnson and artist Dave Garibaldi.
9th street between I and J Streets were be closed from 6 a.m. to midnight. Sacramento police had extra officers in the area.