Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup Victory Rally To Be At Grant Park
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Updated 06/25/13 – 6:42 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The Blackhawks will bring their victory party to Grant Park on Friday, following a parade to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship.
The parade will begin at the United Center and lead to an 11 a.m. rally at Hutchinson Field, in the south end of Grant Park.
That’s the same spot where nearly a quarter million people packed the park for President Barack Obama’s first election victory.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not offer any more specifics on the celebration Tuesday afternoon, but said it would be like an experience from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
The mayor said he didn’t know he could hold his breath for an entire three periods of hockey, but he said that’s how he felt watching Game 6 as the Blackhawks rallied to beat the Bruins 3-2 on Monday to bring home the Stanley Cup.
“That was, literally, an amazing game, an amazing last 17 seconds, and it had a storybook beginning, and a fairy tale ending,” Emanuel said. “If somebody had submitted that as a script to Hollywood, I don’t think anybody would have believed it. You had to watch it happen to see the greatness.”
The mayor brushed off questions about the possible costs, or security plans.
Three years ago, more than a million people turned out for the victory parade and rally on Michigan Avenue at the Chicago River, after the Blackhawks beat the Flyers.
The 2010 victory celebration started with a parade in the morning, and ended with a rally at Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River around noon. The team started the parade at the United Center and traveled east into downtown, heading down Washington Street to Michigan Avenue before turning toward the river.
The route this time will likely be different, but those details are still being ironed out.