The Boston Red Sox will take to the streets in celebration of the franchise's eighth World Series title.
Even with three rings in the space of a decade, fans will be thrilled to take part in the triumph. Hundreds of thousands and possibly millions will line the main streets of downtown to offer their praise and bask in the glory of yet another championship for a Boston sports team.
The Red Sox have wasted no time in commemorating the victory with a banner outside of Fenway Park, via the team's Instagram account.
Mayor Tom Menino announced on Twitter that the parade will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m., which is probably a good thing, because if it was during the week, nobody would show up for work. The route is provided by The Boston Globe.
The ducks will start at 10am at #Fenway, bring our champions down Boylston Street, and finish with the traditional splash in the Charles.— Mayor Tom Menino (@mayortommenino) October 31, 2013
If you're going to the parade in person or watching on TV or your computer, make sure to watch for these three things.
What to Watch For
How Many Beards Will Be Gone?
The players' beards became a rallying point for Red Sox fans. It's a good thing they were able to win the Fall Classic, otherwise they would have looked like unkempt crazy people for no reason. Since it all worked out in the end, the beards will go down in Boston sports lore.
Now that the team has gotten the job done, how long will the players keep their beards?
Surely they made some sort of compromise with their significant others to shave once the playoffs were over. Now there's no reason to look like castoffs from Duck Dynasty, and spring training is so far off that those beards will have to get at least a trim in the meantime.
If you're watching the parade, a fun game will be maintaining a checklist of every player who saved their beard and everybody who didn't. Maybe you could even start a pool with your friends and co-workers.
Will David Ortiz Give Another Inspired Speech?
David Ortiz is one of the few universally beloved figures in the league, the number of which only continues to shrink following the retirement of Mariano Rivera.
Even still, fans outside of Boston are unlikely to understand what David Ortiz truly means to Red Sox fans. There's a bond between the two you don't often see between athletes and fans anymore.
Knowing this could be his last World Series parade, Big Papi will likely have some heartfelt comments for the fans in attendance.
He's played 11 seasons for Boston and won three World Series titles in the process. There's also the little fact that Ortiz won World Series Most Valuable Player after hitting .688 for the series, with two home runs and six runs batted in.
It was just another accolade to embolden Big Papi's standing as a legend of the organization.
The Red Sox players didn't have their sea legs in 2007. The parade stayed exclusively on land.
Fear not, Boston faithful. The quack attack is back jack, per the Sox's Twitter account.
Cue the Duckboats! Party like its 1918 with us on Saturday at 10am!— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 31, 2013
As the Associated Press reported, via The Boston Globe, Boston will be using the same parade route as in 2004, which includes a short ride in the Charles River. That's possible because the team will be riding duck boats during the entire event.
It's a unique attribute to the parade, as not every sports team can so seamlessly transition from the street to sea.
The duck boats will weave throughout the city, leaving a trail of awestruck fans and admirers in their wake.
Just to be safe, don't try to get anywhere in downtown Boston from 10 a.m. until the afternoon.