The caravan of duck boats carrying Red Sox players and executives paused when they reached the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, site of one of the two bombings during the April 15 race.
Outfielder Jonny Gomes placed the World Series trophy on the line and he and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia held Red Sox jerseys with the words "BOSTON STRONG" and the number 617, the city's area code. The moment was accompanied by a stirring rendition of "God Bless America" by classical singer Ronan Tynan.
As the parade moved on, David Ortiz hopped out of his duck boat and ran the final yards of the finish line to the delight of the crowd that stood at least 10 deep on the sidewalks.
Here are some photos of the emotional scene: