PHOTOS: Red Sox Parade Celebrates World Series Win
Bearded Duck Boats, Boston Strong banners, and, of course, Big Papi.
A fleet of 25 Duck Boats rolled through Boston on Saturday afternoon, celebrating the Red Sox’s historic win earlier this week—the eighth World Series championship for the team and the first one at Fenway Park since 1918. Red Sox players, coaches, manager John Farrell, owner John Henry, and all others related to the franchise—including front office staff and interns—waved to cheering crowds along the route from aboard the Duck Boats, many of which sported beards.
Below, check out our photos from the parade as it passed on Boylston Street just before the Marathon finish line:
Fans lined up against the barricades set up along Boylston Street, waiting for the Duck Boat parade to leave from Fenway Park, many of them sporting “Worst to First” signs.
A family-friendly attraction, the parade drew out some of the Red Sox’s youngest fans.
Some watched the parade from apartments above Boylston Street, posting signs on the windows.
A heavy police presence watched over the parade.
Many fans sported fake beards.
“Papi for Mayor” signs along the barricade on Boylston Street.
A few of the duck boats were decorated with beards.
Red Sox owner John Henry aboard the first Duck Boat in the fleet.
Manager John Farrell aboard the “Penelope Pru” Duck Boat.
Infielder John McDonald hoists up the World Series trophy alongside teammate Dustin Pedroia.
Fans cheer as the “Rolling Rally” continued along Boylston Street.
Infielder Mike Napoli aboard a Duck Boat.
Catcher Jarrod Saltamacchia holds up a “Boston Strong” jersey. The slogan appeared frequently along the parade route.
Singer Ronan Tynan performs “God Bless America.” Behind him, Wally the Green Monster holds his cap to his heart in respect.
A police officer on Boylston Street during “God Bless America.”
Each Duck Boat sported a “#ForYouBoston” sign. After the final championship game, MVP David Ortiz addressed the Red Sox fans, proclaiming, “You guys started it out. We finished it. This is for you, Boston.”
Outfielder David Nava hoists up a Red Sox banner, while pitcher John Lackey waves to the crowd.
L. L. Bean’s Bootmobile was painted especially for the parade, replicating the special-edition Boston Red Sox Bean Boots created after the team won the championship.
Kids aboard the New England Sports Network Duck Boat threw candy out into the crowd.
All members of the Red Sox family, including the front office staff, got a chance to parade through the city.
Red Sox alumni celebrated the current lineup’s championship by participating in the parade.
The “Red Sox Nation” Duck Boat, which boasts the previous years during which the Red Sox won the World Series, was updated with a “2013″ sign before the parade.
The Duck Boat carrying pitcher Koji Uehara rolls down Boylston Street. His son, Kazu, who has been by his father’s side throughout the season, was nowhere in sight.
The last of the parade fleet carried MVP David Ortiz, who was met with roaring cheers from the crowd.
Fans linger on Boylston Street after the Duck Boat parade passes through, on its way to the Charles River.