The Kansas City Royals closed out the New York Mets in five games to clinch their second World Series in franchise history. Now, the newly crowned champions of Major League Baseball celebrate their title with a 2.3-mile parade on Tuesday.
The parade will begin at 12 p.m. local time between the Sprint Center and Kansas City Power & Light District on Grand Boulevard before heading north on 9th Street. After turning east on Oak, it heads south to Truman before heading back west to Grand. The parade will then go south on Grand to Pershing Road then go west. The parade will end in front of Union Station, where a victory rally will be held. The rally is slated to start at approximately 2 p.m., shortly after the conclusion of the parade.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said the parade is taking place Tuesday rather than a weekend because of MLB rules, which require the post-championship celebration to take place within 48 hours of the final game.
This is the first the big-four professional sports title being celebrated in Kansas City since the Royals' last World Series win in 1985. The Royals and the NFL's Chiefs are the only two major professional sports franchises currently playing in the city. The last Chiefs championship came in 1969 when Kansas City won Super Bowl IV.