BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) - As the funeral service for Sen. Ted Kennedy begins, people are lining the streets around Boston's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica.
The local bars and restaurants are also packed with people watching the live coverage on televisions inside.
The crowd is flowing out the door at "Flann's", a corner pub on Tremont Street about three blocks from the church, just outside the security perimeter.
Three of the four living former U.S. presidents, as well as President Obama, are attending the funeral service of Sen. Ted Kennedy. (Getty Images)
President Obama will deliver the eulogy at the funeral, according to the program, and former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter also came to honor the late legistator known as the lion of the Senate. Obama and Clinton chatted before the funeral began, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conversed with Bush.
BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) - Friends, family and colleagues arrived under black umbrellas on a rainy, gray Saturday at a Boston church for the funeral Mass to celebrate the life of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
As the guests arrived at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, they were greeted by Kennedy's widow, Victoria Kennedy.
Earlier, friends had gathered at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to pay respects around his flag-draped casket before leaving for the funeral in the Mission Hill district. An honor guard solemnly loaded the senator's casket into a hearse to be delivered to the church.
President Obama will deliver the eulogy at the funeral, according to the program.
(CNN) - For the first time in nearly six decades, it seems likely a Kennedy won't be either representing Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, or seeking the office. But one member of the legendary political family is already laying plans to reclaim the seat.
He doesn't reside in the state – and won't be constitutionally eligible to run for the office for another 19 years – but on Friday, Sen. Ted Kennedy's 11-year-old grandson announced his candidacy for Senate in 2044.
"I plan to become the senator of Massachusetts when I turn 45," Edward Kennedy III confidently told New England Cable News.
Kennedy's grandfather represented the state in the Senate for 47 years. His great-uncle, President John F. Kennedy, served as senator from Massachusetts from 1953 until he won the White House in 1960.