Parade Today for Stanley Cup Champs, LA Kings

By City News Service

A 45-year drought ended with the Los Angeles Kings’ 6-1 victory Monday over the New Jersey Devils and hundreds of jubilant, mostly well-behaved Kings fans spilled onto the street outside the Staples Center.

Today, King’s fans will have another opportunity to cheer their home team at a parade in downtown Los Angeles.

The parade will begin at noon Thursday at the corner of Figueroa and Fifth streets, then head south on Figueroa to Staples Center.

Kings players and their families, coaches, staff, broadcasters, alumni, the Ice Crew and mascot Bailey will ride on double-decker buses and other decorated vehicles along with the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to Quick as the most valuable player in the playoffs, and Clarence Campbell Cup, emblematic of the team being champion of the Western Conference.

Fans planning to attend the parade are urged to line the one-mile Figueroa Street parade route on both sides of the street as there will be limited access to the areas adjacent to Staples Center and L.A. Live, which will be controlled by the Los Angeles Police Department and Department of Transportation.

Metro urged fans to avoid traffic tie-ups and parking hassles by taking public transportation, including the Blue and Expo rail lines and the Dash bus line, to the parade.

The Kings are reminding parents planning on bringing their children to the parade to keep them close to prevent them from becoming separated from their groups.

Parade-goers are encouraged to drink water and use sunscreen, as many are likely to be standing along Figueroa Street for several hours and the forecast calls for sunny weather.

Parking will be available in Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center lots. Fans are also encouraged to take public transportation, including the Blue and Expo rail lines and the Dash bus line.

The parade is expected to last 30-45 minutes.

An hourlong “Championship Rally” will begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Staples Center, including specially produced video highlights, introduction of the team, coaching staff and executives with speech and reactions from many players, plus special presentations.

All of the more than 18,000 tickets to the rally were distributed Tuesday.

The LA Kings, Stanley cup in tow, were at Dodger Stadium last night and were joined by the LA Dodgers and LA Angels of Anaheim on the field for a team picture.
The Stanley Cup also toured the talk show circuit Tuesday, with goaltender Jonathan Quick and his teammates taking it to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and team captain Dustin Brown to NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

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