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Anywhere from 300,000 to 500,000 people attended the downtown parade that took over the streets of Kansas City, Missouri for the better part of a day Tuesday to celebrate the Kansas City Royals World Series Championship after the team’s victory on Sunday over the New York Mets.  Many businesses and most areas schools closed for the day to make for a rare assemblage of a good portion of the metropolitan area’s 2 million residents.

It’s not every day hundreds of thousands of people show up to a party in your backyard.  It’s as unthinkable as being able to attend the World Series two years in a row at your neighborhood ballpark.  From the sky it looked like a flood of bright blue liquid flowing along and filling in gaps along the city streets.  Fans, young and old, all dressed in Royal blue, and cars parked anywhere a free space could be found.  From afar it looked like a Smurf apocalypse overtaking the south half of the city’s downtown neighborhoods.

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The parade began just after noon at the Sprint Center and then moved down Grand Boulevard to Pershing Road at Crown Center.  It then crossed over to Union Station in front of the Liberty Memorial where a few hundred thousand of the blue-clad onlookers stood together with little room to move and no sight from afar of the lush green grass that usually marks the memorial’s front lawn.

The parade was followed by a rally on the south side of Union Station, held by the team, manager, and staff, to thank their fans.

Royals parade 8 CJ Bunce 110315The parade featured bands, confetti cannons, the Budweiser Clydesdales, giant baseball balloons, and the team waving at fans from a procession of trucks.

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