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Sox parade set to start at 10 a.m. Saturday

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that the Red Sox Championship parade -- which he calls "a rolling rally" -- will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Boylston and Kilmarnock streets and end on Cambridge Street near City Hall.

He said police will be out in force, and dangerous or destructive behavior will not be tolerated.

City officials said there will be no rally after the parade, citing security concerns. A City Hall rally celebrating the Patriots' Super Bowl victory earlier in the year turned violent, and a fan was killed last week during police efforts to control celebrations after the Red Sox pennant victory.

Club president Larry Lucchino said the parade will give fans the opportunity to salute the players, and the players a chance to salute fans.

"We intend to say 'Thank you' loudly and clearly and passionately to our fans," he said.

For those who cannot attend the parade, he said the Red Sox will conduct a trophy tour and hold rallies in all six New England states in the next few weeks.

Menino expects the parade to be over by 1 or 1:30 p.m. Police will start to close roads along the route gradually early Saturday morning.

Officials have estimated that 5 million Red Sox fans might turn out for such an event. City leaders discussed a long parade route to help spread out crowds and prevent problems.

The parade is likely to be a wet one. The National Weather Service is forecasting a 70 percent chance of rain for Boston on Saturday.

Keep checking Boston.com for details of the parade route. 

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