Boston Red Sox Parade 2013: Breaking Down Baseball's Most Unique Victory Lap
The Boston Red Sox just won their third World Series in the last 10 years, and they will be celebrating in style.
As per tradition, the team will be paraded around Boston in the city's Duck Boats, according to the Associated Press (via Boston.com):
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 ride itself is quite fun, as it is a tour of all the historic sites of the city, narrated by an experienced and knowledgeable guide. The dip into the water turns the tour bus into a boat, as you float along the Charles River, which was a key location in the Civil War.
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.
Boylston Street is the same location as the Boston Marathon bombing in April, so the route will hold special meaning for all Bostonians.
The parade will start on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. Here's what the Duck Boat parade looked like in 2004:
According to Matt Noyes of NECN, the Sox will avoid the bad weather of Friday:
Weather ensures Saturday will have to be parade day for @RedSox. Periodic rain, gusts to 55mph Friday!— Matt Noyes (@MattNoyesNECN) October 31, 2013
This is the most unique victory parade in baseball. For one, the players are revered in Boston, and the role they played in healing after the April tragedy has not gone unnoticed.
For another, the Sox will honor the strength of the city by taking the same route of the marathon. It's a classy move by a classy organization.
Finally, the team will go into the Charles River, the only team to do such an act.
There is no parade quite like this in baseball, or in all of sports, for that matter. Most victory parades feature a singular route, with the players waving distantly on the float. They are celebrations, yes, but they doesn't involve the city or the fans in any exciting way.
The Red Sox parade is different. After being deprived of a title for so long, the Red Sox are starting to win titles with some regularity. Perhaps more than any fanbase, Sox fans appreciate the championships, because it took so long to get them.
The organization knows this, and they do a great job of working with the city to create a joyous and meaningful parade.
Because of what happened in April, this parade will hold extra meaning for Bostonians. The Red Sox went from worst to first, from the bottom of baseball's scrap heap all the way to the top.
The combination of the route and the Duck Boat makes this the most unique, and most powerful, parade ceremony in baseball.
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