World Series Winners

As some of you may have seen on Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series. Since St. Louis is the best baseball city in America, I knew I had to get downtown for the World Series parade today.

CityGarden

City Garden

Tom Claassen- Untitled (Two Bunnies)

City Garden
Since we were heading downtown early to secure some spots, we chose to kill time right along the parade route at the CityGarden. This is an urban park/garden with fountains, statues, and plants packed right into the downtown. I definitely want to return some time next Spring or Summer to really see this garden come alive when the plants were blooming. As it was, the fall leaves enhanced it nicely. Next time you’re downtown, make sure the CityGarden is part of your trip. They even have an audio tourto guide your trip.

City Garden

Bernar Venet- 2 Arcs x 4, 230.5 Degree Arc x 5

City Garden

Mark Di Suvero- Aesope's Fables and Martin Puryear- Untitled

Parade

Cardinals World Series Parade 2011

Tony la Russa and the Clydesdales

Cardinals World Series Parade 2011

Ryan Theriot

The parade here followed Market Street from Union Station to Busch Stadium. It was really great fun and a way to honor our favorite team. It was great seeing all the St. Louis Cardinals wave and show their families what it was like to be part of the crowd. I would have loved to see more former Cardinals in the parade but there was still a good showing. We saw the players, Fredbird, the Clydesdales, the coaching staff, and the people behind the scenes even got their chance at glory. The Rally Squirrel made his own appearance and while he was fun, I won’t be sad to see him go.

Cardinals World Series Parade 2011

The Rally Squirrel

Cardinals World Series Parade 2011

The crowds to see the parade were overwhelming. We were in a lightly populated area right by KSDK and there will still huge crowds. I didn’t get us tickets into the stadium celebration due to us having quite the busy weekend but I hear it was a blast and surrounded by people.

Cardinals World Series Parade 2011

Albert Pujols and Family

Cardinals World Series Parade 2011

See more parade photos at my flickr page.

Metrolink

Cardinals World Series Parade 2011

Crowds galore downtown in St. Louis

Metro really wasn’t prepared at first for the high volume of people coming downtown. There was a Rams game downtown and the news articles I’ve all read cited that hundreds of thousands of people made the trip into the city. At 2 PM there simply weren’t enough trains going and ticket sales weren’t going smoothly. To give you an idea, it took 10 minutes for my ticket salesperson to make the total for 3 round trip tickets, calculate the change I was due, and she still incorrectly calculated how many tickets I needed to make it downtown. I missed one train downtown because of the delay here and since the trains weren’t running on an event schedule for some reason, it took 20 minutes for the next train to arrive. That was too little too late because the entire platform had filled up by that point. Tip: If you don’t already have a metro pass, consider buying one the day before an event to speed up the process.

City Garden

Me downtown in the CityGarden for the Cardinals World Series Parade

Coming back I didn’t have any troubles. When events are going on in St. Louis, the busiest stops tend to be Union Center, Civic Center, and Busch Stadium. Tip: By returning westbound on the 8th & Pine stop, we ensured ourselves a nearly empty car and seats for our entire trip back. There were more trains running at 5 when the parade ended, with 10 minutes or less between each train.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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