I am so thankful and excited that I was able to be a part of history today. As you know, the Royals won the World Series on Sunday night. The Royal Celebration parade through Downtown KC took place this afternoon, and I was able to be there!! I have a few photos to share with you! Video courtesy of KMBC9.
Mark, Amy, and I made our way to the shuttle in Olathe, and unfortunately, stood in line for over an hour (the line was at least a mile long, AT LEAST!) to take the shuttles up to the parade. With a ton of line still ahead of us, we were told the line was cut off and there would be no more shuttles. We were discouraged for only a minute, and then decided to attempt the drive to downtown to catch the end of the parade and attend the rally.
The parade started at noon, and we made it to near the end of the parade route around 1:15, and were able to see most of the parade, though there were TONS of people all around and in front of us. We saw many players’ heads sticking up on the parade trucks, we heard the bands, and were part of the over half a million people celebrating our Royals in person at the parade.
After the parade, we tried to get as close as we could to Union Station, where the rally was. Once again, we got as close as we could, and were part of the rally for a while, before making our way back through Crown Center, and then walked 15 or so blocks south to where we parked.
This was such a fantastic day. I was so happy to be a part of this. I may not have actually seen much, or heard much, while I was there, but being able to be a part of this Royal Celebration for the first time since I’ve been alive was just amazing. I am currently watching the parade on TV now, so I’m able to see what I missed while I was experiencing everything.
Congratulations, Royals. Congratulations Kansas City. Congratulations to all the fans, everywhere. I read that there were no riots or damage after the Royals won the World Series, and I also read there were no incidents during the huge parade celebration, with over 500,000 people present (some reports of over 800,000 people present!). I’m so proud to be a part of this city, and I’m so proud to Be Royal.