Fans of Muhammad Ali are preparing to say their final farewells Friday, as the boxing legend is laid to rest in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Thousands are expected to line the route of a 90-minute procession to Ali’s final resting place. The motorcade will start at the funeral home at 9 a.m. with stops along the way to the cemetery, including his boyhood home, which is now a museum that stands as a tribute to his boxing career and humanitarian efforts outside the ring.
The celebration of his life is slated to be one of Louisville’s most historic events.
A memorial service will take place Friday at 2 p.m., featuring eulogies from former President Bill Clinton and actor Billy Crystal, among others.
The service is expected to draw some 15,000 people, and will conclude a week long series of planned services and spontaneous celebrations in Louisville.
Ali had a traditional Muslim funeral service on Thursday afternoon.
The Greatest died one week ago at the age of 74 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.