The 108-year wait is over as the Chicago Cubs are finally World Series champions. What will follow is a celebration that should match or exceed any we have seen in decades.
While Chicago hadn't even been in the World Series since 1945, the squad showed great resolve in the final round after going down 3-1 through four games. The team with the best record in baseball during the regular season bounced back with three straight wins, capturing the first championship since 1908.
The 8-7 win in Game 7 sealed the victory with Ben Zobrist taking home the award for Most Valuable Player.
Now all that is left for the team is to celebrate along with the long-suffering fans who span well beyond the borders of the city.
Here is what you need to know about the upcoming Cubs championship parade.
Cubs World Series Parade
Date: Friday, Nov. 4
Time: 12 p.m. ET
TV: MLB Network
Live Stream: MLB.com, CBS Chicago
"Mayor Emanuel says Cubs victory parade will be [Friday]," ChicagoBusiness.com's Danny Ecker noted. "Details to follow, but expected to run from Wrigley Field to Grant Park."
According to WGN, the parade will begin at Wrigley Field and "travel along Michigan Ave between Oak St. and Ohio St. and then along Columbus Dr. between Monroe St. and Balbo Ave."
Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park will host the rally at noon local time.
The Chicago Tribune's John Byrne provided comments from Mayor Emanuel:
The mayor, speaking shortly before noon at an unrelated event, said the parade will be held "around this time." Specifics are being worked out "as we speak," he said.
Emanuel said there will be "a parade to stand the test of time."
The mayor had no specifics on the route, telling reporters "just stand in the middle of the street somewhere and you'll see it."
Asked whether the Chicago River will be dyed blue, he said he would like to do that but wasn't certain if it would work. "I want to do a lot of things," Emanuel said.
The parade will be a big deal for a lot of people, which could create truly remarkable numbers as far as attendance is concerned.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship in June, it seemed as though everyone in the state of Ohio was there for the party. Fans clogged the streets and barely left enough room for the players to get through the traffic.
The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission reported a total of 1.3 million fans in attendance.
While fans of both the Cavaliers and Cubs have waited a long time for a championship, there are a lot more people in Chicago and the surrounding area.
There were apparently at least two million people at each of the Chicago Blackhawks' celebrations in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Fans from all over country will want to join in to cheer on the 2016 Cubs, who were able to overcome over a century of curses, bad luck and simply poor play. Regardless of how long each fan has been suffering, they all deserve to join in on the festivities.
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