Posted: 5 November, 2016 by Pub Talk

The Cubs’ World Series Celebration Was The 7th Largest Gathering In Human History

Insane!

The Chicago Cubs broke one of the world sports’ most famous droughts on Thursday, winning their first World Series for 108 years.

Obviously the resultant celebrations were always going to be ridiculously massive, but the sheer scale of the party is absolutely insane.

5 million people turned up, making the gathering of people the seventh largest in all of recorded history.

For reference, the population of Melbourne is around 5 million.

The full top ten is here — note that it’s pretty much all either religious events or funerals except for the Cubs parade and a Rod Stewart concert in Brazil.

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 in the Philippines, 2015 — 6 million
6. World Youth Day, 1995 — 5 million
7. Chicago Cubs World Series celebration — 5 million
8. Funeral of Gamal Abdel Nasser, 1970 — 5 million
9. Rod Stewart concert, Brazil, 1994 — 3.5 million
10. Hajj pilgrimage, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2012 — 3 million

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