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The Washington Capitals’ celebration after winning the Stanley Cup hasn’t stopped since the team beat the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 last Thursday. capitals parade details, what time is capitals parade, wtop capitals parade
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Alex Ovechkin and other members of the Caps have been spotted all over Washington, D.C., celebrating with the trophy. On the roof of fancy restaurants. Throwing out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game. Even swimming in a fountain at the Georgetown waterfront.
But the celebration hits the streets for real on Tuesday as the team celebrates its Stanley Cup Final victory with the fans at a parade through the streets of the nation’s capital. capitals parade details, what time is capitals parade, wtop capitals parade
Follow the parade here in the livestream video at the top of the page.
Diehards congregated by the parade’s stage on the Mall before 4 a.m., Metro trains and downtown streets were clogged with fans clad in red jerseys and T-shirts, and tens of thousands lined the parade route for Washington’s first major championship celebration in 26 years. capitals parade details, what time is capitals parade, wtop capitals parade
A line of 47 vehicles — a combination of fire engines, convertibles and buses wrapped in “All Ours” logos featuring the Stanley Cup — assembled to move past the Lincoln Memorial just after 11 a.m., before heading east on Constitution. The buses were loaded with longtime season-ticket holders, Capitals staffers, elected officials — and, of course, the players and coaches, while the convertibles carried the team’s broadcasters and other notable figures. The final vehicle included captain Alex Ovechkin, veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik, team owner Ted Leonsis and the Stanley Cup.
Though the official route began six blocks away, hundreds of fans were at the intersection of 23rd and Constitution to watch the start, while a firetruck leading the procession honked that familiar “Let’s Go Caps!” refrain.
As the parade got underway, Queen’s “We Are The Champions” — a team anthem since Thursday night — blared from the speakers on the stage at the Mall. A few minutes later, the video boards to the left and the right of the stage began showing live footage from the parade route. Some of the vehicles were draped in banners reading “Ovechkin for President.” capitals parade details, what time is capitals parade, wtop capitals parade
Haley Skarupa, a local member of gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Hockey team, was covering the parade for NBC Sports Washington. She signed autographs and posed for photos with her gold medal, even letting one small girl wear it around her neck.
“I’ve never seen one before,” one fan said.
“Stanley Cups and gold medals!” another fan shouted. “That’s what Washington does!”
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Fans began arriving before dawn for the festivities. Justin Bryam, a 23-year-old from Frederick, Maryland, was one of the first on the scene. He figured he had suffered through a lifetime of heartbreak rooting for Washington’s pro sports teams, so he wanted Tuesday to be meticulously planned and memorable. He drove from Maryland into the city on Monday night, crashed with a family member, was in an Uber by 4:45 a.m. and arrived at the mall around 5. Around 20 Capitals fans were already there.
“It was still dark. Cold and dark,” he said shortly after 8, looking out at a crowd that had grown by thousands behind him. “To see this city come together and embrace hockey is just unbelievable to watch.” capitals parade details, what time is capitals parade, wtop capitals parade
“I’ve always believed nothing brings a city closer together than a winning sports team,” Leonsis said last Thursday as the team celebrated on the ice in Las Vegas, a message he repeated as parade day approached. The scenes Tuesday morning seemed to bear out his words; cars driving down Constitution Avenue honked to the beat of the team’s “Let’s Go Caps” chant, an ice resurfacer drove down a normally gridlocked city street, lightposts were adorned with new banners paying tribute to the Capitals, and social media sites were flooded with images of massive crowds.
“Now we can celebrate all together and remember this moment for all our lives,” Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, wrote on Instagram Monday afternoon. “Time to party Caps fans!!!!” By Tuesday morning, he had swapped his skates for dancing shoes as the players congregated for a team photo at Capital One Arena.
Glenda Kamman, 60, stood on the Mall with her son, Jason Levick, 35, hours before the parade. Both wore red Caps jerseys — Braden Holtby for Kamman, T.J. Oshie for Levick — and Kamman had red dye in her hair. “I can’t grow a beard so I figured, you know, do something radical,” she explained. capitals parade details, what time is capitals parade, wtop capitals parade
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The pair had watched the Caps win the Cup together at Kamman’s home, “literally on the edge of our seats,” as Levick put it. “Then we just kind of yelled and hugged each other,” Kamman said. “We’ve been waiting for this.”
Mother and son could not afford game tickets, she said, but could do this. “It’s amazing,” Kamman said. “It’s just amazing. It’s breathtaking.”