Cubs players revel in World Series victory parade

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Showered with confetti and cheered by screaming fans, the Cubs wound their way through downtown Chicago on open-topped buses on Friday to celebrate the team's first World Series victory in 108 years.

Hundreds of thousands of long-suffering fans skipped work and school to line the streets while the Chicago River that flows through the city was dyed Cubs blue in honor of the newly-crowned Major League Baseball champions.

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The parade left Wrigley Field under clear blue skies and players took turns holding up the glittering World Series trophy as the procession made its way south through miles of downtown streets before ending at Grant Park where a free rally was held.

Members of the Cubs stood on the upper level of red double-decker buses that were adorned with banners that read "World Series champions" and followed a police escort.

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Fans celebrate the World Series champion Chicago Cubs during a parade and a rally in Grant Park in Chicago on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs fans wait at Wrigley Field to cheer the Cubs before the start of the World Series championship celebration parade that begins at Wrigley Field and ends at a rally in Grant Park on Friday, Nov. 4 2016. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero shows off the commissioner's trophy during the World Series victory parade on Michigan Avenue. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Cubs celebrate winning the team's first World Series in 108 years during a victory parade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Frank Polich
Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo along with teammates family, staff and friends roll pass in a double decker bus past the iconic Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs marque during the parade honoring the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs fans wave and cheer as the Chicago Cubs proceed down North Michigan Avenue during the Chicago Cubs World Series Parade, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; A dog wears a Chicago Cubs bandana during the World Series victory parade on Michigan Avenue. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the World Series victory parade on Michigan Avenue. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Cubs fans celebrate before a rally in Grant Park honoring the World Series baseball champions in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago cubs players celebrate during a rally honoring the World Series champions at Grant Park in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
A Chicago Cubs fan holds a sign as he celebrates at a rally in Grant Park honoring the World Series baseball champions in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Cubs' Jon Lester holds the Commissioners Trophy as he celebrates with teammates during a celebration honoring the World Series champions at Grant Park in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein waves to the crowd during the World Series victory parade on Michigan Avenue. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 04: Thousands of Chicago Cubs fans pack Michigan Avenue near Grant Park during the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series parade on November 4, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs won their first World Series championship in 108 years after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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Supporters that crammed the route held signs that read, "World Champs" while others held white flags with a blue 'W' on it that is a Cubs tradition signifying victory.

The city's streets, many of which were closed by 4 AM CDT (0900 GMT), were left covered in red, white and blue confetti that was shot from cannons along the parade route.

The Cubs vanquished generations of futility when they beat the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday in a thrilling finale to MLB's best-of-seven championship series.

The city of Chicago said it expected about 5 million people at the World Series celebration, more than double the number at a similar event in 2015 when the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Steve Keating)

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CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Kris Bryant #17 and Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: A general view as the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs stand for the national anthem prior to Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after tagging out Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs as he attempts to stretch the play after hitting a single during the third inning in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning to tie the game 6-6 against the Chicago Cubs in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 2: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during Game 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning to tie the game 6-6 against the Chicago Cubs in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Brandon Guyer #6 after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning to tie the game 6-6 against the Chicago Cubs in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after being walked during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs is taken out of the game for a pinch runner after he singles in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Miguel Montero #47 of the Chicago Cubs hits a RBI single in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Miguel Montero #47 of the Chicago Cubs hits a RBI single in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after Rizzo scores a run in the 10th inning on a Miguel Montero #47 against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after he hits a RBI double in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with Jason Heyward #22 after Rizzo scores a run in the 10th inning on a Miguel Montero #47 against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Carl Edwards #6 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: The Chicago Cubs celebrate after winning 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: The Chicago Cubs celebrate after winning 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: The Chicago Cubs celebrate after winning 8-7 against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Anthony Rizzo #44, David Ross #3 and Jason Heyward #22 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with the 2016 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award after the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross (3) is carried off the field after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards (6) celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with the 2016 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award after the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 2: Chicago Cubs fans celebrate in the stands after the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs outfielder Ben Zobrist celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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