A crowd lines up ahead of this morning’s grand opening of the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett.

A massive crowd turned out this morning for the grand opening of the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett.

Formal ceremonies to open the facility took place this morning.

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, a staunch backer of the casino, choked up during his speech.

“When you drive through Everett, you’ll no longer smell gas and sulfur and oils, but you’ll smell flowers and trees,” DeMaria said. “It’ll no longer be the back door to the city of Boston.”

Follow Herald reporter Sean Philip Cotter for updates from the grand opening.

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