Boston mayor Thomas Menino will hold a press conference today at 12:30 p.m. to discuss details of the parade for the Red Sox taking place tomorrow in Boston that will be similar to the “rolling rally” in 2004.
Read more details on tomorrow’s rolling rally here.
Earlier today on Boston sports radio station WEEI, Menino said a public celebration would take place, but that a date had not yet been determined.
“We’ll have a similar type of event as we had in ’04, we’ll add a couple of new wrinkles to it,” Menino said this morning. “It won’t be on the river. They’ll be duck boats this year once again. We don’t know when it’s going to happen, if it’s going to happen Tuesday, or later in the week. It’s up to the ballplayers. They have to make that decision. But I would hope it happens earlier than later and Papelbon, you heard him on TV last night, where he said he’s ready to dance for the city, so I guess we’ll have to have a dancing stage on the parade route or something.”
Similar to the 2004 celebration, Menino said there would not be a gathering on City Hall Plaza at the end of the parade.
“Just on the boats,” said Menino. “We found that having those major rallies, other issues developed during them, and we don’t want that to happen.”
Menino said he could not narrow down the date any further until he speaks to the team again today.
“I would like to see it happen tomorrow, if possible, but it’s up to the ballplayers,” Menino said. “They dictate the terms and they dictate when it’s going to happen. They’re not going to get in until later this afternoon. I hope to have a phone conversation with Larry Lucchino this morning, about putting more plans together, and make sure that it does… we have to raise money for the sponsorship of the parade also. There’s a cost to this parade.”