Chicago took the day off on 4 November 2016. After dyeing the Chicago River blue in honor of the World Series-winning Chicago Cubs, city officials estimated that 5 million people gathered along the streets of downtown Chicago and in Grant Park to cheer the team. The Chicago Cubs had finally ended an epic 108-year losing streak, beating the Cleveland Indians for Major League Baseball bragging rights in an event that manager Joe Maddon dubbed "Cubstock 2016."
According to many estimates, it was the seventh-largest gathering in human history. The top four events include the 30 million people who assembled for the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage in India in 2013, followed by the Arbaeen festival in Iraq in 2014, when 17 million people showed up. Funerals have also drawn immensely large crowds in India and Iran -- 15 million people attended the funeral of CN Annadurai in 1969, and 10 million people honored Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989.
Go, Cubs, go: