For the third time in a decade, the streets of Boston will be lined with millions of Red Sox fans celebrating a World Series title this weekend.
While no parade the city holds will likely ever match the cathartic release following the Sox's 2004 World Series win—where a reported 3.2 million fans packed the streets—you can bet tons of Bostonians will find themselves basking in the glory of their beloved baseball team's latest triumph.
Although Boston fans have built a certain reputation, nobody can argue they aren't deeply passionate about their sports teams. Even the Red Sox's massive success since breaking the "Curse of the Bambino" won't dull the atmosphere.
This will be the biggest party the city has seen in years. Though they are getting a bit spoiled recently, considering they've packed the streets for three Patriots parades (2001, '03 and '04), two Red Sox parades (2004, '07), a Celtics parade (2008) and a Bruins parade (2011) for good measure.
Here's all the information you need to know about the Red Sox World Series parade.
When: Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. ET
Live Stream: TBA
MassLive.com's Garrett Quinn announced the official route on Thursday:
The parade, or rolling rally as some like to call it, celebrating the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series championship will begin at 10 a.m. inside Fenway Park on the warning track and proceed along the same route the team took in 2004, down Boylston Street through the heart of Boston. The parade will proceed all the way to the Museum of Science in Cambridge where the duck boats will launch into the Charles River for a "special splash" in the water.
This is the same route the team took in 2004, so Red Sox fans should have a good idea as to what to expect this time around.
According to the Associated Press (via Boston.com), the Red Sox will also utilize duck boats once again in this year's celebration:
Players will climb aboard the amphibious vehicles inside Fenway Park at 10 a.m. Saturday for the so-called rolling rally, officials said. The parade route, the same as the one used in 2004 when the Red Sox won their first World Series title in 86 years, will travel down Boylston Street.
The duck boats will go on to the Charles River for a time, which they did in 2004 but not in 2007 when the Red Sox also won the World Series.
For this unfamiliar with duck boats, this video should give you a better idea:
How Will David Ortiz Celebrate?
Despite not making much of an impact in the series-clinching Game 6, this World Series undoubtedly belonged to David Ortiz. He was far and away the Sox's best hitter and source of inspiration against the Cardinals. When Boston needed a big hit, Ortiz was there.
During the parade, the spotlight should shine brightest on Big Papi.
When he gets the microphone, make sure you're listening. Rather than simply uttering some incoherent platitudes about the Fall Classic, Ortiz will most likely be making a heartfelt speech to the people of Boston, whom he's been playing in front of for over a decade. The bond between him and the city is something few players anywhere have.
Big Papi is also 37 years old. How many more World Series could he possibly win? He knows this could be his last chance to partake in a celebration like this, and he'll want to make the most of it.