Kansas City Royals Parade 2015

The crowd that flooded downtown Kansas City for the Royals’ has shattered expectations.

Kansas City has a population of about 470,000, with a metropolitan area of about 2 million.

City spokesman Chris Hernandez called the festivities the largest in the history of Missouri.

Downtown businesses turned their conference rooms into parade-viewing areas. Hundreds of patients at a downtown hospital canceled appointments. And many schools closed for the day.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Pam Whiting says ”not a lot of work got done,” although everyone was in a ”fabulous mood.”