Take a look at the 2016 Pittsburgh Penguin Stanley Cup Parade. There were ducky tours, Molly’s Trolleys, policemen on horses, and numerous school bands leading up to the parade of the Penguin players.
If you follow hockey at all, or maybe it was on your news, you would have seen that the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup this year! What started as a rough season ended in the best way. There was a coach change in the middle of the season, and countless injuries, but they did it!
I believe each city does it, but I know that in 2009, we had the Pittsburgh Steeler parade for winning the Super Bowl, and a few months later, the Pens won the Stanley cup and we had another parade. Sadly, neither Aaron now I were able to attend either of them!
When the Pens were close to winning, Aaron had already said he was going to be taking off work for the parade. I was more of a wait and see as I don’t have vacation days. Wouldn’t you know, they won on Sunday night and the parade was on my day off, Wednesday!
We originally wanted to take Annabelle in the Ergo. I thought she’d have a blast looking around at people. Then we saw the weather was going to be in the 80s, and having a baby strapped to myself in the heat sounded like a bad idea for both of us. She’s also been a little more fussy lately, so my om graciously offered to babysit (thanks mom!) so we could head down.
Us before the parade
A penguin from the National Aviary was there to support the Penguins.
Aaron and I live very close to the T (public transportation) and figured we would take that. We were delayed a bit but headed up and got there around 9:45, only to see the LINE to get the tickets to even get on the T was through the garage and around the corner. We realized it would be at least 45 minutes to get tickets and then wait for the T and then the ride down would be 45ish minutes. We changed plans, walked home and grabbed the car. We had no problem getting down there, found relatively close parking, and took off.
The parade started at Liberty and Grant, went down Grant, turned on the Boulevard of the Allies, and finished at Stanwix street. We originally went down towards the finish line and quickly realized that we’d be way behind the front row of people and would hardly see anything. Quick decision was to head towards the front of the parade, where we stood right behind the first row at the gates! I mean, talk about close! We even had some shade as we parked it on Grant by the intersection at Forbes. Aaron’s brother, Andrew, works downtown so he was able to meet us too.
That’s how close we were
The parade was unbelievable, and there were half a million people down there for it! Talk about a city wide celebration! With all those people, not one person was arrested. That’s so great to hear in this sad world we are living in. There was plenty of police presence, as well as ambulances, which I did hear were needed for some heat related problems.
There were ducky tours, Molly’s Trollies, and trucks upon trucks of people in the parade. We had bands playing, horses walking, and more. I loved seeing everyone come together for this. The players were driven in trucks, and there were either 1, 2 or a few in each truck. Evgeni Malkin held the Stanley Cup, and Sidney Crosby had the Conn Smythe trophy.
Pittsburgh Penguin Stanley Cup Parade
Jeff Shultz and Brian Dumolin (far left standing in the jersey)
Marc Andre Fleury (sitting on left) and Pascal Dupuis (bending over)
Mike Sullivan (head coach)
Evgeni Malkin (who had a baby about 2 weeks ago! His parents come in from Russia for the playoff games!) with the Stanley Cup
Sidney Crosby with the Conn Smythe Trophy
On our walk back to the car, we stopped by Mike and Tony’s for gyros and they were amazing. If you have never been, there are three locations and the best gyros I’ve ever had!
Mike and Tony’s Gyro