City says 5 million attended Chicago Cubs celebration

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say the crowd estimate for the Chicago Cubs championship celebration is about 5 million people.

The number comes Friday afternoon from Melissa Stratton, the spokeswoman for the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. It includes everyone who lined the parade route and the crowd who attended a rally at Grant Park.

Among those in the crowd at Grant Park were four generations of Laura Lewis' family, including her 70-year-old grandma, her mother and her son. All three women told stories of going to games as young girls and continuing the tradition with their families.

The family gathered pieces of the red and blue parade confetti to send to Lewis' sister in Japan. Grandma Mary Blevins called the experience "priceless."

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