When the Royals win their next World Series — 2016, anyone? — Kansas City needs to pull off an even better victory parade and rally than it did Tuesday.
For good reasons, plenty of Kansas City boosters are patting themselves and others on the back for what occurred during a gorgeous day. A heck of a lot of things went right.
Police Chief Darryl Forté is proud only a handful of people were arrested. Good point: It showed the decency of the people.
Mayor Sly James spent most of his day as the city’s biggest cheerleader, as expected and warranted.
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And the city cleaned up well; congratulations to all the people who ran the street sweepers.
Now for the potential improvements and changes for the next time Kansas City gets hundreds of thousands of people into the urban core for a sports rally:
▪ More buses, especially coming in from the suburbs. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority was overwhelmed by the crowds, and delays frustrated many people. However, offering so much public transit also turned out to be a very good thing: It kept the freeways from being even more of a mess than they could have been.
▪ All schools canceled for the day. Don’t do like this year, when some major districts such as Kansas City, North Kansas City and Liberty dallied too long on Monday before telling children and parents that classes would not be held on the day of the parade and rally. As this year showed, everyone wants to participate in this kind of civic event.
▪ A longer parade route. That would disperse the crowds a bit, making it easier for people to see the ballplayers along the way.
▪ No politicians at the rally. No, we don’t need to hear from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon or any other elected officials. Give the crowd that’s waited hours the people they came to see right away — the ballplayers.
▪ A better sound system at the rally. A rather obvious improvement.
▪ More local food trucks near the parade route and rally. Given more time to plan the second time around, this can happen.
▪ Royals player Jonny Gomes as pep host. See why here. He wasn’t even on the postseason roster, but on Tuesday did all the trash talking that many Royals players privately wanted to do.
Now it’s up to the Royals to give Kansas City another chance to celebrate like this sometime in the very near future.
Let’s definitely not wait 30 more years to do it again.