Boston Red Sox Parade 2013: Duck Boat Parade Leaves Lasting Memories for City

Mike MoraitisAnalyst INovember 3, 2013

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates on a float during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox 2013 parade, which featured transportation via duck boats, left many lasting memories for the city to enjoy for years to come.

If you don't know what a duck boat is, you can get a good idea by looking at the picture below.

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02:  A duck boat carrying members of the Boston Red Sox drives across the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wic
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The Red Sox earned their hero's welcome in Boston by winning the 2013 World Series 4-2 over the National League representative, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of the huge stars were present for the parade with regulars like Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Jon Lester all there along with newer stars like Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes. Each had a big hand in where the Red Sox are today, and all were rightfully celebrated on Saturday.

The parade itself ran from Fenway Park to Charles River and made a very important stop along Boylston Street in order to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing that happened on April 15, 2013, resulting in the loss of three lives and injuries to over 200 others.

When the parade reached the marathon finish line, it paused to pay respects to those victims. Gomes placed the World Series trophy on the finish line, and he and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia held jerseys with the words "Boston Strong" and the number 617 on them, representing Boston's area code.

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02:  Jonny Gomes #5 and Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox lay the World Series trophy and the 'Boston Strong 617' jerseys onto the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory pa
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That slogan has become commonplace after the tragedy in April as an uplifting phrase that spells out how resilient the people in the city of Boston were to overcome such a senseless act of violence.

Classical singer Ronan Tynan sang a memorable rendition of "God Bless America" while the marathon tribute took place, and Ortiz added to the remembrance by hopping out of his duck boat and running the final length of the finish line, much to the delight of the bystanders looking on.

The team as a whole was a perfect example of just how strong Boston has emerged from the bombing. The Sox had the deck stacked against them and were down for the count after a dreadful 2012-13 season, but they were able to pull themselves out of that mess and go from worst to first in just one season.

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox walks down Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty I
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Boston's baseball team couldn't have been a better representative of the city, and while baseball was the last thing on the mind's of Bostonians after April 15, the Red Sox helped expedite the healing process by winning games and giving the city something positive to hold on to and cheer for.

No matter how many games the Red Sox win, it will never come close to replacing the lives lost on that day. However, the improbable season for the Red Sox helped a city move on from an unspeakable tragedy, and this parade helped put the finishing touches on what will forever be a positive and lasting memory in a year marred by sadness.