The Vegas Golden Knights will celebrate their first Stanley Cup in the most famous part of the city, which attracts tens of millions of tourists each year. The Golden Knights parade will bring their new silver trophy to the Vegas Strip, Saturday evening.
Updated: The parade will begin at 7 p.m. Both sides of the strip will be closed. From the Golden Knights release:
Fans are invited to celebrate with Golden Knights players, coaches, executives and owners along the parade route, which begins at Flamingo Road at 7 p.m. PT. The parade route extends to Tropicana Boulevard. Both sides of Las Vegas Boulevard will be closed during the parade.
The parade will culminate with a rally on Toshiba Plaza and the Park District in front of T-Mobile Arena, beginning at approximately 9 p.m. PT.
The parade will mark the first championship celebration of a major men’s sport. The Vegas Aces, the WNBA team held their championship celebration at the Bellagio Fountains in October.
In recent years, cities have seen parade attendance exceed 500,000. Last year, more than a half-million people showed up to celebrate the Colorado Avalanche’s championship. In 2002, an estimated one million people attended the Detroit Red Wings celebration.
In 2019, nearly 400,000 showed up in St. Louis.
The Golden Knights amazingly succeeded in fulfilling owner Bill Foley’s bold prediction from November 2016, when he said, “Cup in Six.”