Royals celebrate World Series parade anniversary by giving back to community

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals have handed their crown over to the new World Series champions -- the Chicago Cubs.

Chicago is getting ready for a big parade on Friday, and on Thursday the Royals were looking back on a big celebration.

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary when thousands of relieved Royals fans flocked to Union Station and streets leading into the area to celebrate the 2015 world champs. To commemorate that day, players and Royals staff spent the anniversary volunteering.

They spent the day packing cleaning and organizing for several charities, including Harvesters and KC Pet Project.

A day of joy for sure, but also a day of remembering the dearly departed, Rally Mantis Jr.

“I don`t think it was a coincidence, it was a lot of fun. I talked to Billy, I definitely had to console Billy Burns a little bit, but we had a blast with it, it really kept the boys loose and take it however you want to take it, but we had a good time with it and it definitely had a lot of fun with it,” pitcher Danny Duffy said.

Burns was in charge of taking care of the mantis. The mantis and its predecessor became a symbol of late-game rallies and a long winning streak, while appearing as the team's good luck charm at home and on the road.