The Chicago Blackhawks are going to get all the recognition they can handle through the streets of the city on Friday morning.
A victory parade has been schedule for the 2013 Stanley Cup champions, and it just so happens to fall right in line with a chance to take a three-day weekend for those who want to celebrate the new NHL titleholders.
Chicago last hosted this parade in 2010, when the Blackhawks also won the Stanley Cup, and although the three-year interval in between that championship and this one probably felt like an eternity, fans in the streets on Friday will have no problem partying like it's 2010.
Fans have already started migrating to Washington and Des Plaines to get front-row seats to all the action, and here's a last-second look at what you need to do if you have a late change of heart and decide to head to the parade on Friday morning.
Or, if you want to watch it at home, we've got that information, too.
Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Championship Parade Info
When: Friday, June 28, at 10:30 a.m. CT
Watch: WGN (check local listings)
Live Stream: WGNTV.com
The basics of the parade route have stayed pretty consistent throughout.
CBS Chicago had some details of the event that were coming out on Friday, and here's an excerpt from that report of the direction that the floats will travel:
The parade is scheduled to start 10:30 a.m. at Washington Street and Des Plaines, and the main route will be east on Washington Street–just like the parade in 2010, sources say.
From there, the parade will head east to Michigan Avenue and north to Randolph Street. However, instead of continuing north to the Chicago River like in 2010, this time, the route will head east to Columbus Drive, then turn south to Hutchinson Field in Grant Park, for a rally at 11 a.m.
The Chicago Tribune also posted this tweet with some additional information about the route and what it might do to the transit authorities on Friday:
RedEye Chicago's Lisa Arnett had a tweet on Friday with another useful map for those heading to Washington and Des Plaines:
Here's the infograph from that tweet:
WGN TV, the network that has live coverage of the parade and the live stream of the event for those following along at work or on the go, also had this helpful tweet for those brave enough to venture to the streets.
While WGN is the official carrier of the parade, NBC Chicago will also have early coverage:
Food fans, don't worry—Eater Chicago mapped out a path for you to destroy the various locations of note before, during and after the celebration:
When fans head to the streets on Friday morning, there's a good chance the weather won't be in play. Early-morning humidity won't be too rough on anyone, but by 10 and 11 a.m., you should really start to make preparations if you have young children or simply don't want to be miserable.
Cheryl Scott of NBC in Chicago had this post on Twitter with some information about Mother Nature's proposed wrath for the citizens during the party:
Things are going to get wild, crazy and best of all fun as the 2013 Stanley Cup champions take a chance to thank the fans and soak up the spoils of winning a professional championship on Friday.
Be careful out there, Chicago fans. Enjoy the perks that come with being the most recent NHL title town, but recognize your surroundings and make sure to follow safety guidelines so that everyone leaves the event in the same way they arrived.
Aside from that, give a "Let's Go, BlackHawks!" chant for me.
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