ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The St. Louis Blues will make their way through downtown St. Louis to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory Saturday!
The Championship Parade and Rally will start at noon at 18th and Market Street and end at Broadway and Market Street.
Fans are encouraged to line Market Street along the parade route.
A Blues spokesperson told News 4 that team Superfan Laila Anderson would be involved in the festivities, stating "she's been our pride, our inspiration."
In addition, alumni and the Stanley Cup will appear in the parade, but the exact order of players, alumni and staff is not currently known.
Most of the Blues will be in their own cars, as well as team leaders and management. The team captain, Alex Pietrangelo, will be in the last car holding the Stanley Cup.
Following the parade, a rally will take place at the Gateway Arch. At the rally, Blues players, alumni, team executives and other special guests will lead the celebration.
Live entertainment on the Arch grounds will begin well prior to the parade - with the Charles Glenn Band performing around 10:00 a.m. Other entertainment will be lineup as well.
Tom Calhoun, the Blues public address announcer, will announce the players as they make their way into the rally and KMOX play-by-play announcer Chris Kerber will emcee the event, which should last around an hour.
The rally grounds at the Gateway Arch will be accessible via three security access points: Two in Luther Ely Smith Square and one in the north grounds of the Gateway Arch.
"Just as the arch is the shining symbol of this city, for this historic event there's almost no other venue that makes sense," said Frank Mares, Deputy Supt. at Gateway Arch National Park.
There will be cash-only concessions stands with soda, water and beer on the Arch grounds.
Soft-sided coolers with sealed, non-alcoholic beverages will be allowed inside the park. No glass will be permitted.
Friday, a park ranger told News 4 there would be an accessible viewing area near the front of the house in the middle of the main lawn. Those who need to get there should come in the north checkpoint and head straight to the north leg of the Gateway Arch until they see a sign designating the route to the viewing platform.
A Blues spokesperson said the turnout is expected to be very large, possibly one of the largest the city has ever seen for a parade.
There will be guards around to make sure people don't try to get into the floodwaters.
The Blues said the events will take place rain or shine. A Gateway Arch National Park official said if there is severe weather as many people as possible will be allowed inside the Arch museum area.
NHL officials said the public can bring the following:
Amateur cameras, food for babies or persons with medical conditions is permitted, baby diaper bags, baby strollers and wagons, binoculars, blankets, soft-sided coolers, non-alcoholic beverages, umbrellas, portable and collapsible chairs, service dogs, small sized bags and purses, sunscreen and weather appropriate gear.
NHL officials said the following is not allowed at the Gateway Arch Rally:
Bicycles, skateboards, scooter, weapons, firearms, pets other than service dogs, open containers, alcohol, controlled substance, frisbees, footballs, glass containers, bags larger than 14" by 14" by 6", flasks, professional recording or photography equipment including drones, air-horns, fireworks, large banners or signs. Officials said unauthorized vendors are not allowed on the archgrounds.
Downtown ramp closures
In anticipation for the Stanley Cup celebrations, MoDOT announced ramp closures in downtown St. Louis.
At 11 a.m. Friday, the ramp from eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 to Walnut Street and the ramp from the westbound Poplar Street Bridge to eastbound I-44 and Walnut Street will close.
The ramps are expected to reopen by 8 p.m. Sunday.
In addition to the ramps closed for the festivities, IDOT previously closed two eastbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge for construction. The lane closures have made for increased traffic for those leaving St. Louis and will remain in place Saturday.
MoDOT is encouraging people headed downtown for the celebration to use Metro.
Public transportation/ridesharing details
The Blues advise those taking the Metrolink to get off at the 8th and Pine or Laclede’s Landing stations. Metro said riders should bring their patience and trains will be running every 12 minutes.
Rideshares should drop off at 14th and Olive Street or 20th and Market Street for the parade. For the rally, rideshares should drop off at 8th and Clark.
Lyft is offering 50 percent off rides (up to $5) to and from MetroLink stations and Metro Transit Centers using the code WEGOTHECUP. The promotion is only available from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday to the first 500 users to activate it.
Those who want to drive themselves are urged to have a plan before heading down and a plan B in case the parking garage is full.
Can’t make it downtown for the parade and rally? News 4 will carry it live on air, online, on Facebook and on the KMOV News app.
Early Thursday morning, the Blues arrived back in St. Louis, where a big group of fans greeted them at the airport around 4 a.m.!
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Editor's note: Friday morning, the NHL's new release said the parade would start at 16th and Market. Shortly after that information was released, the Blues said the location was 18th and Market.