The Kansas City Royals’ win in the World Series has been a boon to area retailers and sparked a surge of civic pride. But on Tuesday, the team’s success — and the victory parade it brought about — didn’t do any favors for workplace productivity or traffic flow in downtown Kansas City.
A crowd estimated between 500,000 and 800,000 people packed a parade route and congregated outside Union Station on Tuesday for a parade and rally to celebrate the Royals’ second World Series championship.
On a day that many area school districts cancelled classes and some companies allowed employees to take time off, fans began lining the parade route as early as 6 a.m. for the noon event.
Fans have flocked to local retailers, too, snapping up commemorative gear almost as quickly as stores can get it out of boxes.