The Chicago Blackhawks hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup after shutting out the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, in Game 6 of the finals Monday night, and now it’s time for the city to celebrate for the third time in six years. Picking up 21 points and a plus-minus of plus-16, defenseman Duncan Keith took home the Conn Smythe Trophy, given to the MVP of the entire postseason.
However, while Chicago city officials announced the traditional parade will take place Thursday, the time and place of the route has not yet been revealed due to rainy weather conditions. The city was pelted with heavy rain and flooding Monday, and the forecast calls for more rain and scattered thunderstorms on Thursday.
But Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel still promised a huge event, saying in a statement: "Be ready, Chicagoans, because in the coming days we will put on a world class celebration for a world class team."
The Blackhawks last won the Cup in 2013, and more than two million fans swarmed the city. Should the weather change or the conditions improve, it’s possible this year’s parade could follow the same route.
That year, the party and parade began at the United Center, with buses picking up the team at 10:30 a.m. local time. With massive crowds flanking the streets, the buses headed east on Washington to North Michigan Avenue. From there, with the Cup in tow, the parade turned north up to East Randolph Street, then east to South Columbus Drive and south to Hutchinson Field.
Eventually the drive culminated in a rally at Grant Park, with players thanking the fans for their support throughout the season and during the playoffs.
Here’s video of the 2013 parade.