Kansas City’s Union Station was the focal point of the Royals’ celebration, which extended up the hill to the National World War I Museum and Memorial.(Reed Hoffmann/AP)

If the cerulean that matched the sky on a perfect day in Kansas City didn’t awe you, how about this?

A crowd estimated at 800,000 (in a metro area of roughly 2 million) turned out to celebrate the Royals’ World Series victory on Monday.

[Johnny Gomes is the best speech-giver ever]

The images were stunning, even by the standards set by Chicago and its Blackhawks parade(s) and New York’s Canyon of Heroes moments. This was the first time in 30 years that Kansas Citians have had the chance to celebrate like this and they made the most of it.

Kids were given the day off from school and traffic getting to the parade and party was so heavy that motorists finally gave up and abandoned their cars on the street. (Like D.C. when three snowflakes fall.)

It was a fairly orderly crowd, too. As of 4:30 p.m. CST, there had been only three arrests at the parade and Union Station rally, the Kansas City Police Department reported.