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Chicago Cubs victory rally among largest gatherings in human history

CHICAGO — With an estimated 5 million people attended the Chicago Cubs parade and rally, it is now being counted among the largest gatherings in human history.

A list compiled by The Telegraph in 2015 lists the largest ever gatherings of people, and the Cubs rally Friday barely misses the top 5.

  1. Kumbh Mela pilgrimage, India – 2013: 30 million
  2. Arbaeen Festival, Iraq – 2014: 17 million
  3. Funeral of CN Annadurai, India – 1969: 15 million
  4. Funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran – 1989: 10 million
  5. Papal gathering, Philippines – 2015: 6 million
  6. **Cubs victory rally, Chicago – 2016: 5 million
  7. World Youth Day papal mass, Philippines - 1995: 5 million
  8. Funeral of Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt – 1970: 5 million
  9. Rod Stewart Concert, Brazil – 1994: 3.5 million
  10. Haji pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia – 2012: 3 million

By comparison, the Red Sox rolling rally after winning the 2004 World Series is estimated to have had a crowd of around 3 million people.

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