Nothing against Rod Stewart or the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, but the Chicago Cubs just passed you guys into a tie for seventh place on the list of largest human gatherings in the history of the world.
The City of Chicago estimated that 5 million people gathered at Grant Park for a rally to celebrate the Cubs World Series title, which would also be the world’s largest gathering of port-a-johns. They hauled them in from neighboring counties and states, I’m assuming. And the area could be smelled from outer space.
By comparison, Stewart’s famous 1994 concert in Brazil drew 3.5 million, and the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia — one of the five pillars of Islam — drew 3 million in 2012.
— Lizzie Schiff Tufano (@lizzieschiffman) November 4, 2016
This means that, technically, country star Brett Eldridge just played the largest concert in music history.
Cubs players and fans sing "Go Cubs Go" with country singer Brett Eldredge during World Series rally in Grant Park pic.twitter.com/NHOX7wNTyL
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) November 4, 2016
Here are the only six gatherings that drew more than the Cubs did today.