The Chicago Cubs parade honoring the 2016 World Series champions is scheduled to take place today, and for many fans that have lived and died with this team, Wednesday night must have seemed like a dream. The minute Michael Martinez of the Cleveland Indians grounded a slow roller to third baseman Kris Bryant the world moved in slow motion for Cubs fans. Bryant scooped up the ball, fired to first and finally, the Cubs were champions.
For over 10 decades Chicago Cubs fans have hoped each and every spring that this is the year they would become champions of the baseball world. That dream has finally come true, and today the entire city of Chicago and state of Illinois will be celebrating.
According to a Chicago Tribune report, the Chicago Cubs championship parade will start at 10 a.m. local time at Wrigley Field before ending around noon with a rally in Grant Park.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters the city was going to “have a parade in Chicago that will stand the test of time.”
This parade could be one of the biggest in sports history, and why not, it took 108 years to put together.
“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.” 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.
Besides the ticket-tape atmosphere, tons of celebrities that will surely include Bill Murray, John Cusack, Eddie Vedder, and more, along with the newest heroes of Cubs folklore, will be cruising the streets waving to fans and soaking in the moment.
It’s not often in sports that a team has so many fans rooting for them that don’t live in the same city, state, or even the same country, however, the Chicago Cubs have that kind of following. Loveable losers no more, the Cubs are finally back on top of the baseball world for the first time since 1908.
Today is a major celebration for the city of Chicago and the Cubs, but before you know it spring training will be upon us again. Can the Cubs be the first team to repeat as champions since the Yankees won three straight titles from 1998-2000? They are the early favorites according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.
Now, if you are planning to go to this historical parade, you had better be getting up before the sun rises. An estimated one million fans are expected to pack the streets along the parade route.
If you can’t make it to the parade first hand due to work, driving distance, or you just don’t live in the state of Illinois, don’t worry. Thankfully with modern technology you can see all of the action unfold live.
You can watch complete live coverage of the Cubs championship parade and rally live on television nationally on the MLB Network and locally on NBC 5. If you are on the go, you can still watch the parade as it unfolds in real time via live stream through your PC, smartphone, or tablets by downloading the NBC Chicago app. NBC Chicago will also stream the entire event live on their website.
Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs!
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