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Clothes (etc.) make the fan

For some fans, the standard-issue Sox jerseys, caps, and sweatshirts simply would not do for an occasion as momentous as this.

Some of the Fenway faithful crowding the Boylston Street parade route paid their respects to the team -- and its offbeat style -- with some creative fashion choices of their own, including funny hairdos, elaborate face paint, and bare chests.

Dave Kroll of North Quincy featured an outfit of a blue sombrero with an array of knickknacks, including red garlands, a Red Sox logo made from a sweater he wore as a child, and a bobblehead of Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi hanging from a noose.

''Just sitting at home, being an idiot, I was like, 'What can I do?' " said Kroll, 31, who wrote the words ''Village Idiot" on the back of his T-shirt, a reference to the ''bunch of idiots," a label first affixed to the team by Johnny Damon.

Michelle Caruso, 21, of Easton, Conn., and Christy Abraham, 20, from Fairfield, Conn., also showed up in homemade outfits: T-shirts reading ''Fenway is for Lovers." Caruso's shirt bore the words ''Mrs. Arroyo" and Abraham's introduced the wearer as ''Mrs. Bellhorn," references to their favorite Sox, pitcher Bronson Arroyo and second baseman Mark Bellhorn.

''We're in love," Abraham said. ''They're our future husbands."

Jay Cheromcha, 27, of Telluride, Colo., said he decided after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees that he would dye his frizzy hair red. A friend painted a white B on the back of his hairdo, and Cheromcha, who grew up in Middleborough, finished the look with a sign reading ''I'm a natural idiot."

Another fan, 21-year-old Steve Castro of Hartford, saluted both Manny Ramirez and Pedro Martinez by wearing a curly black wig. Brian Courtemanche, 30, also donned a black wig in honor of Damon. He said the centerfielder acknowledged him as the parade passed. ''He's the man!" Courtemanche exclaimed. ''He pointed at me!"

Courtemanche, a history teacher from Hooksett, N.H., said he had been wearing his Damon jersey for three days.

''It smells kind of bad, but that's OK," he said.

Before the parade began, some fans decided to dispense with their shirts altogether. Chris Kiely, 23, had a B painted on his back, the handiwork of his friend and fellow Middleborough resident, John Tessier, who was offering to paint the faces of passersby. Tessier had also inscribed the Boston logo on the head of his friend Jonathan Wiencek, of East Taunton.

''We all figured we'd be dead the next time they win the World Series so we figured we'd go for it," Kiely said.

Michael Dillon, 21, of Lowell, who arrived on Boylston Street at 2 a.m., wrote ''Red Sox" in red paint on his chest and ''V-Tek 33" on his back, in homage to catcher Jason Varitek. Not everyone appreciated Dillon's decision to go topless.

''We're trying to pay him to put it back on," a nearby fan joked.

Emily Shartin can be reached at

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