Blues parade Stanley Cup down streets of downtown St. Louis
Rain or shine, as they say. And the rain wasn’t going to put a damper on this parade.
And while the wet stuff poured down prior to the parade proper in St. Louis on Saturday, it let up as to allow quite the sight, one a half-century in the making.
St. Louis fans lined Market Street just days after their Blues hoisted their first Cup in franchise history after defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in the Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The parade route began at the intersection of 18th and Market, went down past Enterprise Center -- the home of the Blues -- and ended at Broadway and Market, a couple blocks from the famed Gateway Arch along the Mississippi River.
The celebrations continued as players, coaches and alumni led a ceremony under the Arch.
“This is incredible,” Craig Berube said. “I knew that there was going to be a lot of support out here today. People are excited and happy and deserving because they love the game of hockey here. The fans are unbelievable. And they finally got a championship.
Brayden Schenn called it the best day of his life. Schenn wore a firefighter hat, honoring his father who is one and was on the back of one of the fire truck floats.
Rookie sensation Jordan Binnington called the moment surreal, and hardly looked nervous as he let loose and soaked the whole experience in.
Ryan O’Reilly, meanwhile, grabbed the Cup and took it down the street near the thousands of fans lined up, allowing those close enough to touch it as he went by.
Former Blues great Brett Hull, who has two Stanley Cup wins to his name, but never with St. Louis, labelled Saturday as the greatest day in the history of the city.
Hull was one of the first people on stage. Not sober, Hull wanted to change the chant from, ‘Let’s go Blues’ to ‘We went Blues’.
“We don’t have to say, ‘Let’s go’ anymore because we already did it,” Hull said.
Of course, the Blues parade wouldn’t be complete without Laila Anderson, a part of the team’s inspiration during their run to the Cup.
Anderson was surprised with Game 7 tickets and got to watch the Blues hoist Lord Stanley. She told Fox Sports Midwest that she thought her mom was pulling a prank on her when she said she was getting to go and be part of the championship parade.
“I’m just glad I could help them,” she said. " I don’t know what I do but I’m just glad the whole city supports me so much.
Yesterday, the Blues took the Cup to OB. Clark’s, a neighbourhood sports bar and restaurant.