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World Series parade in Chicago: IRL

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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.

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.

Video: Millions of fans turn out for memorable celebration

Tweet from @KerryWood: Mile after mile of the Best fans on the planet!! Most amazing thing I've ever seen!@Cubs pic.twitter.com/FN1c0yHSEr

Video: Retiring Cubs catcher Ross thankful for salutes

Tweet from @Cubs: WE ARE THE CHAMPS.#FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/cUmSSRV8l7

Video: Zobrist grateful for receiving MVP award

Tweet from @Cubs: Embrace this moment. #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/06jiSITHwO

Video: Epstein notes emotional experience during WS run

Tweet from @Cubs: The ultimate selfie. #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/oxZB121gi3

Video: Heyward discusses incredible showing by fans

Tweet from @Cubs: Wow, Chicago.#WorldSeries #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/PtEqkqJnoS

Video: Arrieta stunned by love from fans at the parade

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.

Tweet from @JLester34: Rizz dressing up the trophy! #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/pHwYSVmQoH

Video: Edwards basks in parade joy

Tweet from @Cubs: The path from greatness. #WorldSeries #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/FLGyRAgViX

Video: Sights and sounds as buses pass raucous fans

Tweet from @Cubs: Trophy time. #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/IyBCQGrGxJ

Video: Hendricks relishes love from Chicago faithful

Video: Aerial view as Cubs World Series Parade begins

Tweet from @Cubs: But first, let me take a selfie! #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/NbiKkIjm0q

Video: Bryant shows off World Series championship belt

Tweet from @Cubs: The veteran bus. #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/kFubStSUhq

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.

Video: Schwarber, Russell discuss parade excitement

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.

Video: Rizzo, Bryant looking forward to Cubs' WS 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.

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