Triumphant Boston celebrates with World Series victory parade

Posted Nov. 02, 2013, at 2:47 p.m.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) walks along the parade route during the World Series parade and celebration.
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) walks along the parade route during the World Series parade and celebration.
A duck boat is seen with a beard as it crosses the marathon finish line during the Boston Red Sox championship parade and celebration as seen from Old South Church in Copley Square.
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A duck boat is seen with a beard as it crosses the marathon finish line during the Boston Red Sox championship parade and celebration as seen from Old South Church in Copley Square.
Boston Red Sox fans inside of Fenway Park watch the duck boats turn onto Boylston Street during the World Series celebration and parade.
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Boston Red Sox fans inside of Fenway Park watch the duck boats turn onto Boylston Street during the World Series celebration and parade.
Boston Red Sox fans are showered with confetti during the World Series parade and celebration.
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Boston Red Sox fans are showered with confetti during the World Series parade and celebration.
Fans of the Boston Red Sox along Boylston Street cheer during the World Series parade and celebration.
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Fans of the Boston Red Sox along Boylston Street cheer during the World Series parade and celebration.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz rides in the rolling rally during the World Series parade and celebration.
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz rides in the rolling rally during the World Series parade and celebration.
Boston Red Sox fans cheer along the parade route during the World Series parade and celebration.
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Boston Red Sox fans cheer along the parade route during the World Series parade and celebration.
A duck boat with a beard carrying Boston Red Sox players travels along Boylston Street during the World Series parade and celebration.
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A duck boat with a beard carrying Boston Red Sox players travels along Boylston Street during the World Series parade and celebration.
Boston Red Sox fans cheer in Copley Square during the World Series parade and celebration.
Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Boston Red Sox fans cheer in Copley Square during the World Series parade and celebration.
Boston Red Sox fans cheer during the World Series parade and celebration on Boylston Street.
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Boston Red Sox fans cheer during the World Series parade and celebration on Boylston Street.
A Boston Red Sox fan holds a sign for David Ortiz during the World Series parade and celebration.
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A Boston Red Sox fan holds a sign for David Ortiz during the World Series parade and celebration.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia with the World Series trophy on the parade route as seen from Old South Church in Copley Square.
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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia with the World Series trophy on the parade route as seen from Old South Church in Copley Square.
Boston Red Sox fans cheer in Copley Square during the World Series parade and celebration.
Greg M. Cooper | USA Today Sports
Boston Red Sox fans cheer in Copley Square during the World Series parade and celebration.
Boston police patrol and clear Boylston Street ahead of the Boston Red Sox rolling rally for the World Series parade and celebration.
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Boston police patrol and clear Boylston Street ahead of the Boston Red Sox rolling rally for the World Series parade and celebration.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester and son during the World Series rolling rally parade and celebration.
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Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester and son during the World Series rolling rally parade and celebration.
An overhead view as duck boats carry Boston Red Sox players across the marathon finish line during the World Series parade as seen from Old South Church in Copley Square.
Greg M. Cooper | USA Today Sports
An overhead view as duck boats carry Boston Red Sox players across the marathon finish line during the World Series parade as seen from Old South Church in Copley Square.

BOSTON — Revelers packed the streets of Boston on Saturday to celebrate the Red Sox’s first World Series win at home since 1918, a triumph that came just six months after deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon tested the city’s resolve.

Players and officials boarded duck boats — amphibious vehicles normally used to ferry tourists — at historic Fenway Park for a “rolling rally” that would wind its way along city streets and into the Charles River.

Jubilant fans wearing Red Sox hats, sweatshirts and jackets turned out in droves along the route, which included the stretch of Boylston Street where two homemade pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring 264.

“For me, it’s a huge thing,” said Justin Perkins, 32, a construction worker from Worcester, Massachusetts, who grew a beard to show support for the team’s bearded players. “For them to win it in Boston, it’s awesome, unbelievable.”

At the site of the marathon tragedy, Jonny Gomes and other players climbed out of their duck boat and placed the team’s World Series trophy at the finish line. They also presented Red Sox jerseys to owners of businesses devastated by the attack, one of the worst on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

Before the parade began, thousands of season ticket holders and other fans gathered at Fenway Park, where players and officials including Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino addressed the crowd.

“It’s kind of a poetic ending to a season that began with tragedy,” said Patrick, who pointed out survivors of the bombings in the stands.

“To see the team come from where it came last season to where we are right now, to see this whole city and community come from where we were then to where we are right now, is incredibly affirming and very powerful,” he said.

The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 2 to win the World Series on Wednesday night.

The title was their first at home since 1918, the last year Babe Ruth was with the team before being traded to the New York Yankees. The team went 86 years between World Series victories before breaking its drought in 2004.

“This team embodies the perseverance and resilience of our city,” Mayor Menino said in a statement earlier.

At Fenway Park, the Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who won the series’ Most Valuable Player award, said he felt “like a million bucks.”

“We stick together,” he said of the city. “It’s a family, and we fight against the world. You guys start it up, we’ll finish it.”

The American Celtic punk music group Dropkick Murphys, which performed the national anthem before Game Six on Wednesday night, played from the back of a truck that was part of the parade. At one point, as the parade wound out of the ballpark, the truck got stuck in the mud.

Several of the 24 duck boats had large fabric “beards” draped across their bows in a nod to the symbol of the team’s sense of brotherhood, and fans streamed onto the field under blue skies as soon as the boats left the park.

 

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