Published: Sun, November 06, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Cubs players wave, take in scene as victory parade begins

Cubs players wave, take in scene as victory parade begins

Friday, November 4th, 2016 marked the first World Series victory parade for the Cubs.

Parts of downtown Chicago were shut down as an estimated five million people lined the parade route from Wrigley Field to Grant Park, where the players were hailed at a huge rally.

Chicago will offer a live stream with complete parade coverage beginning at 9 a.m. Friday right here.

"Three things off of my bucket list: Cubs to a World Series, Cubs win a World Series and then a parade down Michigan Avenue", Sandberg said.

"I always hoped I'd be coming to a World Series parade for the Cubs", said 32-year-old Adam Shipley of South Bend who was wishing he and his two brothers had brought more beer. The team will head down Michigan Avenue between Oak and OH then down Columbus Drive between Monroe and Balbo to Grant Park, where the celebration will begin at Lower Hutchinson Field at noon.

Cubs president Theo Epstein thanked Cubs fans for their decades of patience and support, especially in the first few years when he was running the team, as the team focused on developing young prospects, while sacrificing wins at the major league level. This time, the river was a bright shade of blue - to match the Cubs' colors - on Friday.

"The Cubs win the World Series!".

Caray died in 1998 having not seen his beloved Cubbies make it to the World Series.

Frank Murtha tells USA Today ( ) that Bartman "was overjoyed that the Cubs won" on Wednesday night to clinch the Series, but that he doesn't "want to be a distraction" to the team's accomplishments.

Many of these signs announced that after a century the Cubs had won it all in their first trip to the World Series since they earned a spot in the 1945 fall classic, at the end of World War II.

The Chicago Transit Authority had announced Thursday it was adding extra service and capacity to accommodate people attending a noon rally in the city.

Many had doubts that the team would walk away victorious following the Curse of the Billy Goat.

Events get underway Friday morning at Wrigley Field. NBC had announced Wednesday that it was pulling all of its original series from Wednesday night's schedule and showing reruns instead. After that, busses left Wrigley Field after 10 a.m. with the parade beginning at 11 downtown Chicago.

This is the team's first championship in 108 years, the longest drought of any professional American sports team, so fans are especially eager to celebrate the victory and cheer on their hometown heroes in front of the city's skyline.

The Chicago River is dyed green every year to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The Cubs won a league-best 103 games, beat the San Francisco Giants in an even year, and took down the L.A. Dodgers in the NLCS.

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