CHICAGO –The city will host a victory parade for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Friday, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Emanuel made the announcement during a press conference just before noon Thursday, and said the parade would be held “around this time.”
He gave no information on specific routes, but said there will be “a parade to stand the test of time.”
“It will be a parade and a celebration that all of Chicago for 108 years in their minds eye have been envisioning, and we’re going to make it a reality here in the City of Chicago,” Emanuel said.
Chicago Police Superintendent Johnson said they are still working out specifics, but the route would most likely go through downtown, possibly even down Michigan Ave. He said they will be drawing from lessons learned during the Blackhawks Stanley Cup celebrations.
“Every time we do these types of events we learn a little something extra, we always build on to it, so we’ll utilize some of the things that we did for the Blackhawks celebration,” Eddie Johnson said.
The City had wanted to hold a parade on Monday, but the Cubs asked to move it to Friday, according to a City Hall source.