Baseball fans will be able to watch the Chicago Cubs World Series victory parade live online, sharing in the celebration of the 108-year curse coming to a dramatic conclusion.
Planning for Friday’s parade went into motion within hours of the dramatic Game 7 victory for the Cubs, which they wrapped up in the 10th inning after a rain delay and a blown 3-run lead. The game brought an end to a World Series drought that started in 1908 and has kicked off a nationwide celebration among fans of the team.
Now they will be able to watch the Chicago Cubs victory parade live online, with a number of outlets offering live streaming video of Friday’s march through the streets of the Windy City (links to the video can be found below).
The festivities are set to start at 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET) when the team will leave Wrigley Field. The parade itself will start at 11 a.m. CT, with the team making their way south toward downtown for a victory rally that will start at noon.
As the Chicago Tribune noted, officials haven’t released the full route for the Chicago Cubs victory parade, but have given fans some guidance on where to watch.
“Instead, the city is asking fans to view the parade at three locations: Addison Street from Sheffield to Pine Grove avenues; North Michigan Avenue from Oak to Ohio streets; and Columbus Drive between Monroe Street and Balbo Avenue. Those are the three parts of the parade where the vehicles carrying the team will proceed slowly at ‘parade speed,’ according to Shannon Breymaier, a city spokeswoman.”
The victory parade will end at Grant Park, with a rally scheduled for Lower Hutchinson Field. It will be free and open to the public.
Those who watch the Chicago Cubs World Series victory parade live online could see an absolutely massive crowd. While the city of Chicago is no stranger to major sports championships — with now 12 titles in the last 30 years between the city’s five professional teams — local officials say this may be the biggest ever.
That means officials are planning early, with street closures starting at 4 a.m. on Friday and public transportation officials bracing for huge crowds.
“Tomorrow is expected to be the busiest day in Metra’s history,” Metra CEO Don Orseno said in a statement. “We ask all of our regular customers and the new customers we expect to see tomorrow to be patient and, most importantly, be safe.”
There could be even more to the celebration than just a parade and rally. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged a widespread rumor that the Chicago River would be dyed blue for the parade and rally, but said he wasn’t sure if it could be done in time.
“It will be a parade that 108 years have waited for,” Emanuel said. “It will be a parade and a celebration that all of Chicago for 108 years in their mind’s eye, have been envisioning. We’re going to make it a reality in the city of Chicago.”
But those who watch the Chicago Cubs victory parade and rally live online won’t be seeing one of the team’s most famous — or most infamous — fans. Steve Bartman, who earned scorn after reaching for a foul ball in the team’s 2003 NLCS that some believe prevented the team from earning a critical out, said through a spokesman that he wouldn’t be part of the festivities, USA Today Sports reported.
Those who want to watch the Chicago Cubs World Series victory parade and rally live online can find live streaming video through CBS Chicago.
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