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Blackhawks Championship Parade & Rally: Stanley Cup comes back to Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks won the 2013 Stanley Cup in Game 6, with a score of 3-2 over the Boston Bruins.

To celebrate the team’s win, the city of Chicago hosted a victory parade through downtown and a rally in Grant Park.

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Fans are already gathering at Daley Plaza for the big celebration.

Downtown will be packed today for the Blackhawks championship parade and rally.

Chicago is accustomed to throwing big parties and that’s what we’ll see Friday, when the city hosts a parade and rally for the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Crews are working today to get the stage ready for the rally at Hutchison Field in Grant Park.  The Blackhawks are expected to reach that stage around 11:00 a.m. Friday.

About 10:30 a.m., the team and front office personnel will be leaving the United Center aboard double-decker buses.

The official parade route begins at Des Plaines and Washington.  It will proceed east to Michigan, north to Randolph, and east on Randolph to Columbus Drive.

There will be two public entrances to the rally — at Jackson and Michigan, and at Congress and Michigan.

Chicago police and federal law enforcement agents will have a heavy presence for security at the celebration.

Police discourage the carrying of bags and backpacks to the event.

There will be bomb-sniffing dogs and detection equipment, along with undercover officers.

No alcohol or coolers will be permitted in the public way.  There will be vendors on site.

And police are asking all spectators not to jump over the barriers that will be set up during the celebration.

City preparing ‘Hawks victory parade, large turnout expected

Chicago is accustomed to throwing big parties and that’s what we’ll see Friday, when the city hosts a parade and rally for the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Crews are working today to get the stage ready for the rally at Hutchison Field in Grant Park.  The Blackhawks are expected to reach that stage around 11:00 a.m. Friday.

About 10:30 a.m., the team and front office personnel will be leaving the United Center aboard double-decker buses.

The official parade route begins at Des Plaines and Washington.  It will proceed east to Michigan, north to Randolph, and east on Randolph to Columbus Drive.

There will be two public entrances to the rally — at Jackson and Michigan, and at Congress and Michigan.

Chicago police and federal law enforcement agents will have a heavy presence for security at the celebration.

Police discourage the carrying of bags and backpacks to the event.

There will be bomb-sniffing dogs and detection equipment, along with undercover officers.

No alcohol or coolers will be permitted in the public way.  There will be vendors on site.

And police are asking all spectators not to jump over the barriers that will be set up during the celebration.

 

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Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp spoke Thursday about his team’s run from the beginning of the season to the end of what was a Stanley Cup championship year. (WGN-TV)

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford on what it meant to him and his team to win the Stanley Cup Final this year. (WGN-TV)

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews spoke Thursday about the secret behind his team’s success and how it could sustain for seasons to come. (WGN-TV)

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews spoke Thursday about how his team knew what it’d take to win a Stanley Cup, and how they went out and got it done. (WGN-TV)

Chicago Blackhawks star and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane jokes about how the days after the Cup were “almost more tiring” than the playoffs and discusses whether the team can repeat as champions. (WGN-TV)

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville spoke Thursday at a press conference about the “jubilation” following his team’s Stanley Cup championship. (WGN-TV)

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