Saturday’s Boston Bruins parade will be the second big celebration of the week in the world of sports. After the Mavericks had their parade on Thursday, the Bruins are following up with the Stanley Cup in tow. But while Dallas had never paraded around with the NBA title before, Boston is bringing the Cup back for the first time in almost four decades.
However, this celebration is very familiar for the area, as Boston marks its seventh pro sports victory parade since early 2002. But after three were held for the Patriots, along with two for the Red Sox and one for the Celtics, the Bruins will finally get a turn.
The show starts at 11 a.m. EST, as the Stanley Cup champions emerge from TD Garden, after receiving an invite-only ceremony in their home stadium. That event will be simulcast at the Boston Common and Copley Square, according to the Boston Herald, before the team has its public parade.
The duck boats carrying the players will take them down Causeway, Staniford, Cambridge, Tremont and Boylston Streets, before ending up at Copley Square in the end. Afterward, the players, coaches and personnel shall address the crowd.
Since the city is used to holding these celebrations- albeit not with the Bruins as the stars- things should proceed orderly. Yet given the riots in Vancouver after the Canucks’ loss in Game 7, the bar is set pretty low for Boston to do better.
But despite the frequency of Boston sports championships, this is its first since the Celtics’ 2008 crowd. Currently, the Celtics’ would-be dynasty appears to be on its last legs, while the Patriots have had playoff disappointments in the last few years. The best hope for the town’s next title lies with the Red Sox, as that team is on a scorching hot streak after a very slow start.
The Bruins parade will be the last for a pro champion in one of the four major sports until November, when a new World Series winner is crowned. Therefore, it might be fitting if Boston wins that title as well, which would be the Red Sox’s third since breaking its 84-year-old curse.
Compared to that drought, the Bruins’ 39-year-long wait to claim the Stanley Cup is nothing. But in this last decade, historically long droughts aren’t as powerful in Boston as they used to be. In fact, despite its three championships in the Tom Brady era, the Patriots have the longest drought in Boston these days, having gone six years without a title.
Over 1 million people are expected to honor the Bruins through Boston on Saturday, even if many of them have been spoiled with parades in the last decade. But as the last team to get in on the city’s sports success, the Bruins are bound to make this celebration unique anyway.
City Of Boston- “Bruins Parade Map”
Boston Herald- “Garden party kicks off parade; 1M fans expected”