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Thousands line streets to say goodbye to Muhammad Ali

‘Sense of pride’ in community at Muhammad Ali funeral

Crowds in Louisville reacted with feelings of pride, love and gratitude to Muhammad Ali and his family during his funeral procession and as his memorial service was streamed outside the YUM! Center.
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Crowds in Louisville reacted with feelings of pride, love and gratitude to Muhammad Ali and his family during his funeral procession and as his memorial service was streamed outside the YUM! Center.

Thousands of fans, dignitaries and Louisville residents lined the streets and gathered in the Yum Center Friday in Louisville to honor Muhammad Ali during a daylong memorial.

A procession drove Ali's casket past huge crowds in front of his boyhood home and the museum that honors him, as well as through downtown Louisville. A service at the Yum Center featured speakers that included actor Billy Crystal, former President Bill Clinton and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel.

On Thursday, thousands of people attended an Islamic Jenazah Prayer Service for the late boxing champion.

To the crowd's laughter, comedian Billy Crystal impersonated Muhammad Ali during Friday's funeral service in Louisville.

Fans and admirers lined the streets of Louisville, Kentucky to say goodbye to boxing great Muhammad Ali, who passed away at the age of 74. Among those paying tribute to "the people's champ​ion​," were Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), actor Will Smith a

The funeral procession for Muhammad Ali heads down Broadway in Louisville. Video by Mark Cornelison | staff

The processional carrying Muhammad Ali turns from 9th Street onto Muhammad Ali Boulevard on Friday morning.

Muhammad Ali fans chanted "Ali! Ali!" while waiting for his funeral procession at 9th and Muhammad Ali Boulevard in Louisville.

Howard Riddick, 85, of Hampton Roads, Virginia remembers Muhamed Ali fights he has seen over the years as he waits for the funeral procession to drive-by.

Anson Lane of Portsmouth, England, says of Ali: 'He mesmerized us'

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