Hundreds of thousands at Cardinals parade, rally

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Associated Press

Posted on October 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 30 at 6:06 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A red sea of fans jam downtown St. Louis to honor the world champion Cardinals.

An official crowd estimate was not immediately available for Sunday's parade down the streets of St. Louis and the celebration at Busch Stadium, but city officials expected several hundred thousand. A chilly, breezy and overcast afternoon did nothing to keep people away or dampen the celebratory spirit.

In fact, it has been a four-day party in St. Louis since the Cardinals rallied five times to win Game 6 on Thursday. They won the clincher 6-2 on Friday, setting off a frenzied celebration that lasted well into Saturday.

Manager Tony La Russa led the parade atop a beer wagon pulled by the Budweiser Clydesdales. Players rode in red and white pickup trucks.

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