Essential Things You'll Need to Know for Penguins Victory Parade
The parade culminates at Point State Park with remarks from players, coaches and others.
photso by dave dicello
Half a million people are expected to descend on Downtown Wednesday for the victory parade in honor of the Penguins’ fifth Stanley Cup Championship.
The parade route is similar to last year’s with one key exception –– it will end in Point State Park.
"By going in the front part of Point State Park along Commonwealth, it gives a bigger, larger area -- a larger stage --- and a bigger viewing area for the fans to see the trophy, as well as see the players up on stage," City Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa told WTAE-TV.
I was lucky enough to be there last year (and in 2009), and the excitement of the crowd is infectious and well worth the heat, humidity and craziness the crowd. And how often do you get a chance to get that close to the players?
Here’s a what else you need to know:
- Wednesday at 9 a.m., roads will close and the parade route barriers will be put into place –– so arrive early
- The parade kicks off on Grant Street to the Boulevard of the Allies, turns right onto Commonwealth Place and ends at the entrance of Point State Park
- Expect changes to Downtown bus routes and schedules
- Roads should reopen sometime in the early afternoon
- As of Tuesday afternoon, the forecast was a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m. with a high of 84
- Stay hydrated (non-alcoholic beverages) to combat the heat and humidity
- Scoring a front row seat will be difficult and require very early arrival