5 Essential Things You Need to Know About Penguins' Parade
Wednesday's victory parade to honor the Stanley Cup champions will wind along Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies and end with a celebration at Stanwix Street.
Marc-André Fleury and Sidney Crosby with the STanley Cup in 2009 victory parade/photo via Flickr creative commons
Upwards of 375,000 people are expected to flood Downtown Wednesday to officially celebrate the Pittsburgh Penguins' fourth Stanley Cup Championship.
“Given the level of enthusiasm that Pittsburgh fans have presented so far, we're expecting the crowd to be larger than what appeared in 2009,” Katie O'Malley, spokeswoman for Mayor Bill Peduto, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Lord Stanley's last Pittsburgh parade appearance was seven years ago, after the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan predicts the “whole team” will help escort the Cup through the streets of Downtown.
Preparations for the parade and the necessary street closures will begin more than 24 hours before the parade steps off. Here's what you need to know if you work Downtown or plan to attend the celebration.
- The first street closures will occur at 9 p.m. Tuesday, at Stanwix Street between Fort Pitt Boulevard and Third Avenue, and the Boulevard of the Allies between Commonwealth Place and Wood Street.
- Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. the City will begin closing the Boulevard of the Allies between Wood and Grant streets, and Grant Street from the Boulevard of the Allies to Liberty Avenue.
- The parade is expected to last from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a celebration at Stanwix Street and the Boulevard of the Allies.
- Streets will begin to reopen as early as 2 p.m.
- Nearly all Port Authority bus routes will be detoured on Wednesday due to the parade. Check with portauthority.org for more details and information pertaining to their specific route.