Chicago to Hold Cubs World Series Parade Friday

© David J. Phillip/AP Photo TEAM CELEBRATION The Cubs celebrate after winning the World Series against the Indians on Nov. 3 in Cleveland.
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The Cubs celebrate after winning the World Series against the Indians on Nov. 3 in Cleveland.

The city will honor the World Series champion Chicago Cubs with a Friday parade, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today.

The mayor, speaking shortly before noon at an unrelated event, said the parade will be held “around this time.” Specifics are being worked out “as we speak,” he said.

Emanuel said there will be “a parade to stand the test of time.”

The mayor had no specifics on the route, telling reporters “just stand in the middle of the street somewhere and you’ll see it.”

Asked whether the Chicago River will be dyed blue, he said he would like to do that, but wasn’t certain if it would work. “I want to do a lot of things,” Emanuel said.

The city had been planning to hold a parade on Monday if the Cubs won Game 7, but the team asked to move it up to Friday, a City Hall source said.

The mayor’s comments came at an unrelated economic development announcement on the South Side. Wearing a Cubs championship hat that he said he grabbed on the field during the celebration in Cleveland, Emanuel repeatedly pleaded for understanding, noting he only got 1 1/2 hours of sleep after getting back to Chicago.

“Where am I, and how did I get here?” he joked at one point, adding that he forgot his kids’ names at a parent-teacher conference at school Thursday.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune – John Byrne, Hal Dardick