Chicago Cubs World Series victory parade attracts 5 million people
Chicago Cubs fans attend a rally in Grant Park to celebrate the team's World Series victory on November 4, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: (Getty)
The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series championship in 108 years, and the city was excited. Actually, a lot of people outside the city, too.
An estimated over five million people attended the victory parade -- an incredible feat, considering Chicago only has 2.7 million inhabitants.
The Cubs had the longest championship drought of any team in any professional sport. They defeated the Cleveland Indians, who had the second-longest championship drought in baseball, in ultra dramatic fashion; they were down in the best of seven series 3-1 in games, and won game 7 by a score of 3-2 in extra innings.
The Cubs players rode on double decker busses down streets lined with hundreds of thousands of screaming fans, travelling down a seven-mile route in the downtown area to Grant Park, where a rally was held.
According to a list by The Telegraph, this parade ranks among the seventh largest gathering of human beings in one place, ever.
Given the hordes of people with Chicago's famous skyscrapers looming in back, and the river of its vaunted waterfront dyed blue in honour of the Cubs, the pictures are pretty incredible. Take a look:
The Chicago River has been dyed blue for the Cubs pic.twitter.com/xDt3bvyLRp— Chicago Cub-Times (@ChicagoCubTimes) November 4, 2016
Thank you CHICAGO!!!! Thank you to my teammates! Thank you to all my family!! Thank you to my wife! Thank you fans! I love this city!! ?? pic.twitter.com/eQJJLNpoQU— Justin Grimm (@GrimmReaper_52) November 4, 2016