The Los Angeles Kings secured their second Stanley Cup title in three years in appropriate fashion on Friday night, outlasting the New York Rangers in double overtime to cap off an improbable postseason run that began two months ago.
And after taking the weekend off to let the triumph soak in, the Kings are prepared to celebrate alongside their fans with a championship parade on Monday.
NBC Los Angeles provides a look at the parade route:
According to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan, the parade is set to begin around noon (3 p.m. ET) in downtown L.A. and conclude roughly an hour or so later when the procession arrives at Staples Center. In addition to the one-mile parade down Figueroa Street, the team will host a fan rally inside the arena, with those festivities kicking off shortly after 1 p.m. (4 p.m. ET).
ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi points out that Kings players and coaches will be riding in double-decker buses and other special vehicles as they make their way to Staples Center.
In addition to the players, coaches and broadcasters, viewers can expect to see plenty of shiny hardware on display as the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl will be on hand, according to Markazi.
On top of screaming fans and a fantastic atmosphere, expect to see a few big names on display. According to a statement released following the Kings' Game 5 win, L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti will participate in Monday's celebration, per BuzzFeed reporter Hunter Schwarz:
What's more, Garcetti will soon cash in on his bet with New York mayor Bill de Blasio, who must now sing Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." on an upcoming episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a result of the bet the two mayors made prior to the start of the Stanley Cup Final, according to the Los Angeles Times' Soumya Karlamangla.
Weather conditions are also expected to be close to ideal on Monday. According to Weather.com, the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 72 degrees and a zero percent chance of rainfall.
Sunshine will only add to what's already expected to be an electric atmosphere downtown.
If the celebration immediately following Friday's series-clinching win is any indication, Monday's parade will be smooth and successful, per Hollywood 311 on Twitter:
After Game 5, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was optimistic that Monday wouldn't be the team's last parade down Figueroa Street, per the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
"I don't know if we're part of (a dynasty) yet, but hopefully we're on our way to that. I believe this group could be at that point, but it's going to take a lot of work."
Having claimed two of the past three Stanley Cup championships after failing to win a single title over the franchise's first 44 years of existence, it's certainly fair to start the Kings dynasty discussion.
With a core made up of gritty, clutch players and one of the league's top netminders in Jonathan Quick patrolling the crease, L.A. and its fanbase have every reason to believe this won't be the last time the Kings celebrate with Lord Stanley's Cup.
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