Parade and rally Friday for Chicago Cubs

Brian Terry, of Bannerville USA, installs 2016 World Series Champions, Chicago Cubs banners as preparations for the parade and rally to celebrate the Cubs World series victory are rolled out along south Columbus Dr. in Chicago's Grant Park, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. (Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune) /Chicago Tribune via AP)
Brian Terry, of Bannerville USA, installs 2016 World Series Champions, Chicago Cubs banners as preparations for the parade and rally to celebrate the Cubs World series victory are rolled out along south Columbus Dr. in Chicago's Grant Park, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. (Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune) /Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) – The celebration hasn’t stopped in Chicago, where throngs of Chicago Cubs fans are expected at a parade honoring the World Series champions.

Events get underway Friday morning at Wrigley Field. The parade will leave the historic ballpark at 10 a.m. The parade downtown starts an hour later and ends in Grant Park for a noon rally.

The city also plans to dye the Chicago River blue to honor the team, similar to how the river goes green annually for St. Patrick’s Day.

Chicago estimated that 2 million people attended a parade and rally in 2015 after the Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years.

But the Cubs’ Game 7 victory in Cleveland on Wednesday broke a 108-year drought, so fans have a lot of pent-up celebrating to do.

The Chicago Transit Authority had announced Thursday it was adding extra service and capacity to accommodate people attending a noon rally in the city.
But trains were already skipping stops Thursday morning because they were packed with fans, some draped with the team’s blue and white “W” flags before 7 a.m.Metra trains, which travel farther to the suburbs, was sending out alerts just after 6 a.m. Friday saying some of its trains also were running express because of passenger capacity.Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said the rail line is “using every piece of equipment” available to accommodate the “huge demand.”

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