Blackhawks parade celebrates 2013 Stanley Cup title

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Chicago bled red and black today after the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans met to celebrate the team’s Stanley Cup victory.

The players and other members of the Hawks franchise started at the United Center and weaved their way through the city to Grant Park. The parade stepped off around 10:20 a.m., and they arrived at the rally almost an hour later. Fans lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the trolleys, while approximately 2 million people waited patiently in Grant Park.

Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley led the show, introducing speakers like General Manager Stan Bowman, Chairman Rocky Wirtz and Coach Joel Quenneville. Foley also gave a shout out to the fans that swarmed the park.

“We know the Blackhawks have the best fans in the world, and now you know you’ve got the best hockey team in the world,” Foley said.

Fans also saw appearances by former Blackhawks including Pierre Pilote, Tony Esposito and Robert Marvin Hull.

After thanking everyone from the assistant coaches to team massage therapist, the players took the stage. Captain Jonathan Toews thanked the fans, and Patrick Kane reiterated his favorite phrase from the playoffs: “That’s hockey baby!”

“In 2010, you guys waited 49 years to do this,” Patrick Sharp said during his turn at the mike. “This year we waited three. What do you say we get back here and do it again next year?”

But it was Goaltender Corey Crawford who summed it up best after taking the microphone to accept the Blackhawks WWE belt.

“F–king right, Chicago!”