When the Chicago Blackhawks stunned the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to capture the NHL Championship, the franchise earned itself a victory parade through the streets of the Second City.
The Blackhawks last won the Stanley Cup in 2010, and according to one of the keepers of the sacred trophy, Mike Bolt, per Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, the crowds that filled the streets of Chicago were the largest audience he can remember, saying, “The parade in Chicago in 2010 was probably the biggest parade I've ever seen—over 2 million people. It showed how passionate the city was for them winning the Cup.”
After a wild lockout-shortened regular season and an even more unpredictable playoff run, Chicago has earned the right to celebrate. Whether you will be attending the event live, watching on TV or streaming on the go, sports fans will want to enjoy this celebration.
All parade information via Chicago Tribune.
Where: Starts at the United Center and end in Grant Park.
When: Friday, June 28
Time: Parade start time TBD, 11 a.m. rally at Grant Park.
Watch: WGNTV Local (Chicago Only)
Live Stream: WGNTV Live
What To Watch
The Chaos of the Parade
In 2010, the city of Chicago estimated that two million people flooded the streets of the city for the Stanley Cup celebration, according to NBC Sports. With most schools already out for the summer, that number should be expected once again this year.
Any time there are millions of people in the streets of a major city—effectively shutting down one of the United States' biggest metropolises for the day—it’s a party that everyone across America wants to partake in.
Add in a parade that will march through the heart of Chicago, and the only thing as sweet as winning the championship for the Blackhawks will be guiding their trophy through the droves of unbridled and unwavering fans.
This celebration is as much about the fans as it is about the team itself.
The best part of any championship parade is the giant rally at the end that features the players, owners and coaches making speeches thanking the city and each other for the hard work over the last year.
Which will be the more enjoyable aspect of the Blackhawks celebration?
While most keep it simple and elegant, there are always a few players that don’t get that memo—or have a drink or two on the bus ride over to Grant Park—and say some ridiculous things into the microphone.
The Blackhawks roster is full of big personalities (who doesn’t want to hear what a party animal like Patrick Kane says?), and as the parade turns into the biggest pep rally in Chicago history, the comments from the ecstatic players should make this a great finish to an amazing event.