A parade and victory rally will be held Friday morning to congratulate the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office has announced. Additional details, including the location, exact time and route, have not been made public yet. The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to bring the Stanley Cup back to Chicago for the second time in four years.
For full details on the parade, check out our Blackhawks Victory Parade and Rally Guide.
"The City of Chicago is thrilled to congratulate our own Chicago Blackhawks on their hard-fought victory, once again bringing the Stanley Cup back to their sweet home Chicago," Mayor Emanuel said in a statement.
The 2010 parade, called the Parade of Champions, attracted over 2 million spectators. This year's parade is expected to be as big if not bigger. The 2010 parade took place at the intersection of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue. This year's parade could be held in the same location, and will of course also include the Stanley Cup.
In 2010, the festivities wrapped up just before 1 p.m. as the Blackhawks reboarded the buses that brought them downtown and slowly drove away, holding the Stanley Cup above their heads. Also that year, roughly 50 people were taken to the hospital for illnesses related to the heat and humidity. Weather for Friday's parade is expected to be in the 70s.