Red Sox to be honored Saturday

Updated: November 1, 2013, 4:46 PM ET
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The 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox will be honored with a celebratory "rolling rally" through the streets of Boston and on the Charles River on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET, Mayor Thomas Menino said Thursday morning.

"The ducks are ready. … The city is ready," Menino said at a news conference. "Let's celebrate."

[+] EnlargeDuck boats
Darren McCollester/Getty ImagesJust like 2004 and 2007, duck boats once again will play a part in the Red Sox's World Series celebration.

As they have done in parades past -- this will be their third in 10 years -- the Red Sox will be riding in duck boats. The rolling rally will start inside Fenway Park and head down Boylston Street to the Museum of Science, where the amphibious vehicles will drive into the Charles River for a victory lap ("We love that dirty water," Menino joked) before returning to the museum.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said one of the reasons they are having the event on Saturday morning is so that more children can attend.

"This is a family event," Lucchino said at the City Hall news conference. "Kids and families will be able to come to this event, and we want it to be that. The mayor has made clear this should be a family celebration."

The rolling rally will pass by the Boston Marathon finish line, the site of the April 15 bombings. Menino said he was meeting with public safety officials Thursday afternoon to discuss security measures along the parade route.

Lucchino anticipates that most, if not all, of the Red Sox players will be riding on the boats.

"I think these players have a special connection to this town, to this city, to the fan base, to the region, and I'm very optimistic we're going to get nearly a full boat," Lucchino said.

The Red Sox secured their third championship in 10 years with a Game 6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

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