The Penguins paraded through the streets of Pittsburgh on Wednesday, bringing out a reported 650,000 fans to celebrate another championship year.
That’s mighty impressive considering these celebrations are nothing new to Penguins fans, yet they still put up better numbers than a year ago when 400,000 fans joined in on the festivities.
The Stanley Cup parade peaked at Chicago’s 2010 celebration when Kris Versteeg dropped a freestyle, but they’re still usually good for a drunken speech or two. Like Patrick Kane and Corey Crawford’s in 2013, or Jonathan Quick’s in 2012.
Things were pretty subdued this year, with Sidney Crosby delivering the key note address. It went exactly as you would expect:
Pittsburgh fans also got one last chance to salute Marc-Andre Murray, which was pretty cool:
Being the stand-up guy that he is, Fleury reciprocated:
Still, despite the absence of slurred F-bombs plenty of beverages were consumed and everybody went home happy.
Here are some of the standout moments from Wednesday’s victory parade in the City of Champions.
Brian Dumoulin pulls a Gronk:
— Levi Hutchison (@levihutch29) June 14, 2017
Carl Hagelin and Ian Cole share some suds:
Jake Guentzel with a beauty assist:
— Juice Springsteen (@JuicySteen) June 14, 2017
Scott Wilson knows the right way to use Twitter:
Again, truck 9 will need multiple beers at the parade
— Scott Wilson (@smiltztwo3) June 14, 2017
Sid already thinking about next season:
Sheary chugs a foamy Yuengling. Schultz flashes a Miller Lite. Crosby pauses for a gulp of Dasani.
— Matt Gajtka (@MattGajtka) June 14, 2017
Everybody loves Phil
Phil Kessel blessed this baby with his signature:
phil kessel signing the back of a baby….beautiful pic.twitter.com/whcdwkd7dh
— Carlylyn Vetere (@carlylynv) June 14, 2017
Truly a man of the people:
— NHL (@NHL) June 14, 2017
— Laurita (@haxanmumei) June 14, 2017
There were some strong signs throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs this year and Penguins fans kept that trend rolling with some Predators trolling on Wednesday.
Here are the Three Stars:
— WPXI Chase Williams (@chasepwilliams) June 14, 2017
Because of course there's a huge Phil Kessel head eating a catfish on a hot dog bun. pic.twitter.com/haRl5Ypw0v
— Dave DiCello (@DaveDiCello) June 14, 2017
Is this in the running for best sign at the parade? Time will tell. pic.twitter.com/3ligPNSdzV
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 14, 2017