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November 3, 2013

It was a Ducky Day for Champion Red Sox

Red Sox take third title ride through Boston in 10 years

BOSTON — “Don’t worry about a thing ‘cause every little thing is gonna to be alright.”

Every little thing was more than alright here yesterday morning.

Hundreds of thousands of fans sang lyrics from Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” as the 2013 Word Series champions Red Sox rolled down Boylston during their victory parade on duck boats.

The overwhelming energy was electric as fans cheered, blared horns and even wore beards — imitating their beloved bearded baseball heroes.

The “rolling rally” of 25 duck boats began at the team’s historic Fenway Park and passed landmarks like Boston Common and City Hall before a cruise in the Charles River.

Countless fans flocked to the streets of Boston to cheer on the Red Sox including many from the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire.

North Andover resident Krystal Townsend knew she had to be a part of the victory parade as soon as the Red Sox won the World Series.

“It’s been 95 years since the Red Sox won a championship at home. I knew I had to be here,” Townsend, 19, said. “I’m so glad I came. This has been an awesome day.”

Townsend took an MBTA train into Boston with friends and fellow North Andover residents Cara Balsamo and Carly Powers.

Balsamo said she wanted to go to display her Boston pride.

“It’s all about showing off pride for our city and how proud we are of our team,” Balsamo said.

The trio had the time of their lives at the parade, they said.

“It was amazing,” Powers said.

“The energy just filled you up. You couldn’t help but be excited,” Balsamo added.

Lynne Brown, of Methuen, took her two young nieces, Gianna and Jenny Grelle, to the parade.

“They are sports nuts, so they loved this,” Brown said.

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