November 2, 2013

It’s parade time in Boston

The Red Sox celebrate their World Series title with a ‘rolling rally’ through Boston.

By Howard Ulman
The Associated Press

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From left, Emma Jadul, 11, sister Caroline Jadul 7, both of Redding, Mass., and Christian Hoyt, 11, of Brockton, Mass., cheer Boston Red Sox players floating by on amphibious duck Bnoats during a rolling victory parade on the Charles River on Saturday in Cambridge Mass.

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Boston Red Sox’s Jonny Gomes places the championship trophy and a Red Sox baseball jersey at the Boston Marathon finish line during a pause in their World Series victory rolling rally in Boston on Saturday to remember those affected by the Marathon bombing.

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“It is still a very emotional experience to come down here,” she said. “I didn’t know if it would be too hard to be at the finish line, but I’m happy I came. It felt really good to be here when everyone is celebrating and the mood is good.”

There was a very heavy police presence, with dogs and bullhorns.

Crowds were about 15 people deep on both sides near the finish line on Boylston Street. Many wore Red Sox gear, some with foam beards and holding signs “Papi for Mayor,” a vote for World Series MVP David Ortiz.

Farrell said if Ortiz hadn’t hit a tying grand slam in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers “we might not be standing here today.”

Steve Horgan, the police officer who raised his arms in a “V” when Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter tumbled over the bullpen wall in pursuit of Ortiz’s homer, rode in the lead vehicle with John Henry and other team owners.

“A thrill of a lifetime,” Horgan said.

When the vehicles slid into the river – another big splash for the Red Sox – spectators cheered.

The departure from Fenway was delayed when a flatbed truck carrying Dropkick Murphys, a band which had played at the ceremony, and heavy equipment became stuck in the turf along the first-base line.

A duck boat drove up in front of it and, with a tow rope between the vehicles, pulled the flatbed out of the ruts.

Less than three hours later, the rally was over.

“We were ready to go another lap,” Gomes said. “We didn’t want it to end. It was pretty fun.”

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Boston’s Shane Victorino holds the World Series trophy on Duck Boat during a victory parade celebrating the team’s third World Series title since 2004 on Saturday in Boston.

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Duck boats line up in Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox’s championship parade in celebration of their World Series win on Saturday in Boston.

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