Boston will toast the World Series champion Red Sox with a duck boat parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., Mayor Thomas Menino and team officials announced, giving fans an opportunity to revel in the improbable success of a team that finished in last place just one season ago.
“What a year,” Menino said at City Hall in unveiling plans for the parade. “From worst to first.”
With thousands of fans expected to pack the streets of Boston, parking in the city figures to be scarce, so Newburyport area residents interested in attending should consider using public transportation to get into the city.
According to the MBTA, the first train out of Newburyport is scheduled to leave at 8:48 a.m. and arrive at North Station in Boston at 9:49 a.m. Residents who would like to arrive earlier than that to find a good spot for the parade could also take the 7:34 a.m. train out of Beverly to arrive in the city by 8:07 a.m.
The MBTA has not yet announced whether it will add trains to its Newburyport line service.
Red Sox players will climb aboard the amphibious vehicles inside Fenway Park at 10 a.m. Saturday for the so-called rolling rally. The parade route, the same as the one used in 2004 when the Red Sox won their first World Series title in 86 years, will travel down Boylston Street, where in April two bombs killed three people and injured more than 260 others at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
It will then go down Tremont Street, past Boston Common and past City Hall. From there it heads down Cambridge Street, then onto Charles Street, heading toward a boat launch ramp near the Museum of Science. The duck boats will go on to the Charles River for a time, as they did in 2004, parading past the Esplanade. The duck boats will travel to the Massachusetts Avenue bridge, and then back again to the boat launch site, where the parade ends.
The New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins have also celebrated titles with duck boat parades in recent years.
Red Sox officials said the parade was not merely an opportunity for fans to thank the team but also for the team to show its appreciation to the city, and they expected most, if not all, players to participate.
“I’m very optimistic that we will get nearly a full boat,” said Larry Lucchino, the team’s president and chief executive.
Organizers said they wanted to hold the parade on Saturday so as many fans as possible could attend, especially families with children.
The Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 at Fenway Park on Wednesday night to take the series in six games. It was the first time since 1918 that the team had clinched a World Series championship in its iconic ballpark.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.