World Series parade in Chicago: IRL

World Series parade in Chicago: IRL

The Cubs celebrated their first World Series title in 108 years Friday with a momentous parade and rally culminating at Chicago's Grant Park.

Given the excitement surrounding the Cubs winning their first World Series title since 1908 -- and Chicago's history of celebrating its champions -- turnout for the parade was massive, with city officials putting estimates at 5 million people in attendance. The skies were crystal clear and temperatures were in the upper 50s. Chicago public schools were closed and city officials dyed the Chicago River blue in the Cubs' honor.

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The official procession went along Michigan Avenue between Oak and Ohio, and then along Columbus between Monroe and Balbo. The rally was held at lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park, where Barack Obama celebrated his victory in the 2008 presidential election.

Cubs fans discuss parade

Ross thanks fans at parade

Zobrist shows off MVP trophy

Epstein on the Cubs' run

Heyward on parade, World Series

Arrieta on parade, Cubs fans

2:03 p.m. ET: Hey, it's Ryne Sandberg!
Cubs legend and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg waves to the crowd along the parade route.

Edwards on World Series parade

Cubs fans swarm downtown Chicago

Hendricks on parade, Cubs fans
Parade passes Wrigleyville

Bryant sports championship belt

11:46 a.m. ET: Bigger is better
A replica World Series championship trophy (just a tad larger than the real thing) is featured on the back of a pickup trip.

Schwarber, Russell on WS parade

11:24 a.m. ET: Perfect day for a celebration
Amid a backdrop of crystal clear skies, fans at Grant Park are ready to get their rally on.

11:19 a.m. ET: The anticipation builds
A huge crowd outside Wrigley waits for the festivities to begin.

Rizzo, Bryant preview parade

11:04 a.m. ET: Cubs title = no school
With public schools closed on Friday, young Cubs fans start to line Michigan Avenue bright and early.

10:44 a.m. ET: Art imitating life
Cubs fans pose next to a lion sculpture outside the Art Institute of Chicago.

10:33 a.m. ET: Stage is set
The staging area for a World Series victory parade 108 years in the making.