On the heels of an historic Supreme Court decision, approximately one million people flooded the streets of Chicago in celebration of the annual Pride Parade. Yet, of all the attendees, only one could whip the hoards of people into a frenzy as it passed through – Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Cup, appearing on its own float sponsored by WGN Radio, showed no signs of wear and tear after spending the previous evening with Patrick Kane and the Parrot Heads at a Jimmy Buffet concert.
And the people went nuts for it. Watch all the cell phones that come out just for a picture of the Cup as it passed by.
Back when the Blackhawks won the Cup in 2010, the Cup rode in the parade at the request of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association. Five years and two more Stanley Cups later, the trophy returned to unite and celebrate a momentous occasion for the LGBTQ community.
Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk also appeared in the parade… dancing on the roof of a van as it drives down the road. No, not kidding. That is one brave Furry (or ‘Plushie’ for those on the East Coast.)