Expect heightened security at Sox' rolling rally

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November 1, 2013, 10:03 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Boston) - Perched on two dozen Duck Boats navigating through a sea of fans, the World Champion Boston Red Sox will once again be rolling through the city streets.

If you’re planning to be one of the million or so people expected to attend Saturday’s rally, officials say the key is to use public transportation and get there early.

"We’re going to be running like rush hour during the day, we’re going to have additional service that’s going directly to the parade area," MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said.

There will be extra security on hand, but the MBTA will not be using metal detectors; meanwhile, backpacks are allowed, but discouraged.

"The extra security measures will be an enhanced police presence on the system, in addition to plain clothes officers and as I indicated bomb sniffing dogs will be on duty," MBTA Transit Police Superintendent-in-Chief Joseph O'connor said.

And the entire parade will be monitored by police on the ground and Massachusetts Emergency Management here at MEMA’s Framingham bunker to help coordinate the security efforts.

"We’ll have a big picture view of what’s occurring, we’ll have downloads from the state police helicopters out there, we’ll also be able to monitor the progress of the actual rally itself from the first vehicle to the last vehicle," MEMA spokesperson Peter Judge said.

The duck boats will splash into the Charles River, but it will be an abbreviated water route to try to avoid tempting fans into taking a swim.

"They’re going to maintain some more distance from the banks than they were in the past, we don’t want any of the fans doing some of the stuff they did last time where they’re trying to throw baseballs," Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Dan Linskey said. "We had some people slightly injured and we don’t need that at all."

This will be the final rolling rally as mayor for the city’s biggest sports fan Tom Menino, who’s enjoyed several of these parades in his 20 year tenure.

"It’s a good family time and a good time to say thank you to the Red Sox organization, the ownership right down to the bat boy, they did a hell of a job," Mayor Menino said.
 
Parking restrictions along the parade route and side streets will be strictly enforced and towing begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The parade route will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. until the parade ends at approximately 1 p.m.

Click here for a complete list of parking restrictions.

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