Cubs parade breaks records

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The Cubs World Series Victory Parade makes its way south on Michigan Ave. seen from the 676 Restaurant & Bar at the Omni Chicago Hotel. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Connor Walsh, Co Sports Editor

     After waiting 108 years, fans of the Chicago Cubs finally have a reason to celebrate.  Cubs fans from all over the country flocked into Chicago for the celebratory parade, and gave the city far more than they were expecting.  The city was expecting two to three million to come to the city for the parade, but the actual results were much different.  An estimated five million people came to celebrate the end of the championship drought, making it a historically large event.  

     The estimated five million would easily make it the largest sports parade in history, with the Boston Red Sox parade in 2004 being the next closest at an estimated 3.2 million.  It would also be one of the biggest gatherings in human history, coming in at the seventh most.  The population of Chicago itself is 2.7 million, so roughly twice the population came to the parade.  These crazy numbers have caused doubt about their accuracy, as it is extremely difficult to estimate at that large of a scale.  It is much easier to keep track of people at a game or a concert because of either counting the tickets or turnstiles, but at the parade there was no real way to keep track of the amount of people.  Whether the exact number was five million or not, it was still easily the largest sports parade in history.    

     The parade began at Wrigley Field at eleven, and covered an eight mile route through downtown Chicago into Grant Park, where the rally was held.  At the rally, a number of players such as Jon Lester, David Ross, and Anthony Rizzo gave speeches about the season.  Manager Joe Maddon and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein also spoke.  The rally ended with Brett Eldredge signing Go Cubs Go, along with Rizzo, Ross, and Dexter Fowler.  The focus now is beginning to shift onto next year, where Cubs fans are hoping that they will have another championship to celebrate.