I wish I had blogged about this sooner, but that's just how it goes.
So, after the Kings' first ever Stanley Cup Win, our next thoughts turned to the victory parade. When would it be and would we be able to go. The parade ended up being on Thursday, June 14th and tickets were going to be available for the rally inside Staples Center. And they were free!! The only downer was how they were being issued (first come, first serve and to season ticket holders first, then everyone else) and whether or not Mike would be able to reschedule a work conference call. Lucky for me, with a schedule change at work, I was off and ready to go :)
Long story short, we had to buy our rally tickets and Mike's conference call was reschedule for another day...woohoo!! We wrestled with whether or not to bring Keira with us, and figuring that we weren't sure what the bathroom and food situation would be like in addition to having to wait a few hours for the parade to start, we sent her to school and arranged to have my brother pick her up. We avoided having to sit in traffic and worry about parking by taking the train up to LA. That was a good choice on our part :)
Mike bought his championship hat the night before the parade and we wore both our jersies and our championship tshirts that day. At every stop between Tustin and LA, more and more Kings fans boarded the train and we realized it was going to be quite the party once we got there.
We decided to watch the parade itself from the ticket-only area at Staples Center and LA Live. We could've watched along the parade route (and maybe gotten a better viewpoint) but I didn't want to have to fight crowds to get down to Staples Center for the rally later on. We waited about 2 hours for the parade to start but it was totally worth it.
here comes the parade!
what we've all been waiting to see...the Stanley Cup itself!
the head coach Darryl Sutter. Mr. Fist Pump himself.
confetti and streamers.
more of the sand sculpture.
inside Staples Center.
we brought home a few Stanley Cup Champion rally towels as souvenirs and lots of pictures and videos as well. I'm glad we both made it out to the celebration because this is something we may never see again. It was a nice day for just the two of us, like a date that we don't get to do very often.