A Royal Celebration
Fireworks are set off over Union Station during the victory rally at the historic landmark.
For The World Champion Kansas City Royals
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and his family congratulate the champs.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015
It's not unusual this time of the year for a breeze to stir up a lot of color outside the Jackson County Courthouse: red, orange, yellow. But on this historic autumn afternoon the fallen leaves were no match for all the blue and white confetti fluttering in the air all around downtown Kansas City.
Approximately half a million fans "partied like it's 2015" -- the expression "like it's 1985" now retired -- as they lined the parade route and gathered on the hill across from Union Station to celebrate the Kansas City Royals World Series Championship.
"What I really wanted to do was enjoy a nice intimate celebration with about 500,000 of my closest friends," declared Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders at the Union Station rally following the parade. "We are here to honor a team that captured the imagination and spirit of our community."
Then he sparked a chant of "Let's go Royals," when he added, "This isn't over yet. Let's enjoy 2015, but be ready to move on to 2016."
CBS sports reported Monday, less than 24 hours after the Royals claimed their first world title since 1985 with yet another thrilling comeback win against the New York Mets, that the Royals are one of six teams tied for second among the top picks to win the 2016 World Series. The early favorites are the Chicago Cubs.
On a day many fans chanted, "Thank you Royals!" Kansas City star first baseman Eric Hosmer holds a pennant thanking the fans for their support.
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, MVP of the American League Championship Series, holds up the World Series trophy as it rains confetti.
The banner above Union Station says it all.
A fan waves a team flag at the victory rally at Union Station.
Celebrating With 500,000 Friends
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders celebrates the Royals' championship with "about 500,000 of my closest friends."
Royals Hall of Famer George Brett clearly signals whose the top team in the world.
Beyond Standing Room Only
Fans climb light poles and more for a better view of the parade.
Fans began arriving at Union Station more than seven hours before the rally.
An MVP Selfie
World Series MVP Salvador Perez takes a celebration selfie with teammate Lorenzo Cain.
Blue and white confetti swirls around World Series Game 5 hero Christian Colon. He drove home what proved to be the game-winning and series-clinching run.
Jackson County Legislators add their voice to the cheering crowd.
These young fans wear moose antlers to show their support for their favorite Royal, third baseman Mike Moustakas.
Shout About It
These boys shout out the Royals' names as each player rides by.
The Royals mascot indicates which team is No. 1.
Sea of Blue
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders is lost in a sea of blue during the victory of parade.