The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2015 Stanley Cup champions after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday, which means fans are gearing up for their third celebratory parade in six years.
Winning it all has become a regular occurrence for the Blackhawks, but the aftermath never gets old as the entire city of Chicago will revel in its team's success.
Conn Smythe Trophy winner Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and every other player, coach and executive who contributed to the Blackhawks' third Stanley Cup win since 2010 will be in attendance, and they aren't likely to disappoint after putting on two great parades previously.
Although information is still trickling in regarding the particulars of the 2015 Stanley Cup parade, here is a look at the information known thus far, as well as a glance at the projected route for Thursday's event.
Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Championship Parade Info
When: Thursday, June 18 (time TBA)
Watch: WGN (projection based on 2013)
Live Stream: WGNTV.com (projection based on 2013)
It wasn't easy, and it certainly wasn't always pretty, but the Blackhawks managed to close out the Bolts Monday night in front of their hometown fans at the United Center in Chicago, which means they'll be able to stay right where they are in preparation for the parade.
Kevin O'Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times was among the first to report that the parade is scheduled to take place Thursday.
Parade organizers have yet to release an official map for the highly anticipated event, but one can only assume that it will be quite similar to the route from 2013. Here is a snapshot of the celebration's path from two years ago, courtesy of CBSChicago.com's John Dodge:
While the particulars are still being determined, most Blackhawks fans know exactly what to expect out of Thursday's parade since they have grown so accustomed to taking part in them over the past several years.
Here is a photo from the 2013 parade, courtesy of WREX.com's Dan Cohen, which shows just how massive the party figures to be:
Perhaps the one thing that could potentially put a damper on the parade is the weather. Rain has been pummeling the Chicago area as of late, and it even caused the Stanley Cup to arrive late to the United Center following Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final due to flooding, per ESPN.com's Katie Strang.
According to Weather.com (as of 8 a.m. ET, Tuesday), there is a 60 percent chance of rain Thursday, although Blackhawks fans aren't likely to let a little precipitation deter them.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is also seemingly unconcerned as he is focused on helping put on a parade befitting of champions, per a statement passed along by CSNChicago.com:
On behalf of the city of Chicago, I am thrilled to congratulate hockey's new dynasty—the Chicago Blackhawks—on winning the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years. To do it at home in front of the world's most dedicated fans in the world makes this title that much sweeter. Be ready, Chicagoans, because in the coming days we will put on a world class celebration for a world class team.
Blackhawks fans had to wait 49 years between championships from 1961 until 2010, but they have now come to expect success. Even with the pressure to perform being so great, head coach Joel Quenneville's team continues to deliver.
Perhaps some fanbases would grow complacent and take championships for granted, but Chicago sports fans are as rowdy as they come, and there is little doubt that it will be on full display once again Thursday when the Blackhawks carry Lord Stanley's Cup around their city.
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