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Red Sox Rolling Rally Parade Forecast: Cloudy, But Warm

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BOSTON (CBS) – It looks like the weather will cooperate for the Red Sox World Series victory parade Saturday morning.

The rolling rally of Duck Boats will begin at 10 a.m. at Fenway Park, go down Boylston Street and end with a splash in the Charles River.

Live coverage on WBZ-TV and CBSBoston.com begins at 8 a.m.; 10 a.m. on WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

According to WBZ-TV meteorologist Barry Burbank, skies will be mainly cloudy in the morning, but there should not be any rain. It will feel spring-like with temperatures hovering near or slightly above 60 degrees.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

The MBTA’s Red, Orange, Green and Blue Lines will run on weekday rush hour schedules beginning at 7 a.m. There will also be an enhanced commuter rail schedule. Commuter rail details will be posted at MBTA.com.

“If you are taking the commuter rail, come in early. If you wait until the last minute, you are unlikely to get into the city,” Transportation Secretary Richard Davey told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Police say the rolling rally will be two hours long and last a half-hour in the Charles River.

“That procession is going to go under the Longfellow Bridge. It’s going to go along the islands that sit in front of Community Boating and then head over towards the Esplanade area, make a slight turn, only for a short period of time, then it’s going to go back across the river to Cambridge, where it will skirt Memorial Drive. It’s going to be a really shortened, probably a quarter of the distance it went the last time in 2004,“ Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Dan Linskey told reporters Friday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Backpacks will be discouraged but not prohibited.  However, they will be subject to random police searches.

The parade will stop at both Boston Marathon bombing locations on Boylston Street.

Here are details about the parade route from the city of Boston:

The parade will feature approximately 24 duck boats and proceed along the following route:

• Start on Boylston Street at Ipswich Street;

• Left on Tremont;

• Left on Cambridge Street;

• Right on Blossom Street;

• Finish in the Charles River

Parking restrictions across the city will be heavily enforced in the vicinity of the closed off parade route streets. Fans are strongly encouraged to use public transportation and advised to expect road closures throughout the day. To accommodate the celebration, vehicular traffic will be banned along the parade route beginning at 9:00 AM until the conclusion of the parade at approximately 1:00 PM.

Temporary parking restrictions will be put into effect at several locations throughout the city and vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and/or towed.

Temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday” regulations will be strictly enforced beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

The Boston Public Health Commission, Neighborhood Development’s Business Response Team, and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing will be reaching out to businesses along the parade route to communicate public safety expectations of establishments on Saturday and also offer assistance to businesses as we prepare for visitors along the route.

The Boston Police Department will have extra officers on hand throughout the day. Underage and/or public drinking will not be tolerated. As with other security precautions in place during the World Series, backpacks will be subject to random search along the parade route.

The Public Works Department will secure all street furniture in advance of the parade start and weekend work contracts in the parade route’s vicinity will be suspended.

City Officials will be in communication with College and University partners.

The City of Boston is also coordinating a location for reserved wheelchair access for parade viewing, and will have details available on that location soon.

To protect the safety of residents and guests, the Boston Police Department may further restrict vehicle parking and limit vehicular and pedestrian access.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports

WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk reports

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