City and fans preps for Hawks celebration

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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

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