Red Sox victory parade to celebrate fans

A long line of Duck Boats carried members of the Red Sox after the team’s victory in 2004.
Globe File/2004
A long line of Duck Boats carried members of the Red Sox after the team’s victory in 2004.

It’s duck boat time again.

The Menino administration announced today that the Red Sox World Series victory parade is slated for Saturday morning.

“The ducks are ready. The fans are ready. Let’s celebrate on Saturday starting at 10am,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino tweeted this morning.


The Red Sox won Game 6 — and the series — Wednesday night by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1.

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Menino said at a news conference late this morning that he expected a large, but supportive, crowd to line the city’s streets as the amphibious duck boats rumble through the street, carrying a team that made an improbable dash to the baseball championship.

He said police and other public safety agencies would be on the alert. “There are always going to be security measures any time you have an event … [even] before the Marathon problem,’’ Menino said. “We have a very resilient police department. They will be ready to work on Saturday.’’

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said the route would be the same one the team took in 2004, when the Sox won the first of their three championships in the past 10 seasons.

The city later issued details of the route, saying the caravan of an estimated 24 duck boats will head from the ballpark onto Boylston Street at Ipswich Street. The duck boats will roll down Boylston, turn left on Tremont, then take another left onto Cambridge and a right on Blossom before the vehicles launch themselves into the Charles River for a watery victory lap.


Temporary parking restrictions will be in place — and enforced — starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

The city also plans to close streets to traffic starting at 9 a.m. and to keep vehicles off the streets until 1 p.m.

Parade planners are urging people to use public transit to get into the parade area. The MBTA said it was finalizing plans for the “rolling rally,” but said it would be providing extra subway and commuter rail service so Red Sox fans could throng the city.

Lucchino said celebrities, who have participated in past victory parades, may be in short supply this year because the club wants to seize the opportunity to show its appreciation to its fans.

“We think this might be a nice opportunity for us to thank our fans by including them in the event itself,’’ Lucchino told reporters at the news conference.


Lucchino said he expected the Red Sox players to be as hairy as they were during the season and postseason.

“I think they are going to be wearing the beards they’ve been wearing,’’ he said. “We don’t monitor very closely the shaving patterns or habits of our players.’’

He said he expected most of the team to be on hand, unless they have some overriding conflict. “We anticipate that most of our players are going to be there. We are certainly going to request their participation,’’ he said. “I think the players have a special connection to this town, to the city, to the fan base, to the region. I’m very optimistic we are going to get nearly a full boat.’’

He said he hoped that the Red Sox players and the organization would be able to arrange some way to donate money to charities in return for the players shaving their now-famous lucky beards.

Meanwhile today, 12 people appeared in court to face charges, including assault and battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct, after Red Sox revelry turned rowdy after last night’s game. Seven of the cases were dismissed after hearings in Roxbury District Court; five are still pending.

Two other people were charged in related crimes — a man who was charged with drunken driving when he hit two bicyclists in Allston after the game, and another person charged with selling counterfeit tickets, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

One man, who lives in Kenmore Square, woke up to find out that his car had been flipped by rowdy revelers and other car windows on his street had been smashed. No arrests have been announced in that case.

Another 16 people were arrested at the University of Massachusetts Amherst after a crowd of about 3,000 gathered at the college’s southwest residential area for the game, the university said in a statement. Two people were arrested at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, State Police said.

In Durham, N.H., five students were arrested after post-game celebrations turned rowdy, the University of New Hampshire said.

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