PITTSBURGH — Just call it the city of champions.
Four months after celebrating the Steelers’ Super Bowl victory, tens of thousands of people converged on downtown again for a parade, this time in honor of the Stanley Cup champion Penguins.
People lined city streets – in some places standing 20 deep or crowding onto multilevel parking garages – to get a glimpse of the team and the cup.
“It’s a holiday for Pittsburgh,” said Michelle Solkovy, 31, of Pittsburgh, who took the day off of work and brought her 4-year-old daughter Kendall to Monday’s parade.
The Penguins won their third Stanley Cup on Friday in a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The parade followed the same route that drew an estimated 300,000 fans to the city two days after the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII.
“This is great and there’s gonna be many more,” said Andrew Mehlich, 30, of Pittsburgh, who attended the parade with several family members.
Chanting “Let’s go Pens,” fans honked plastic horns and cheered along the route. Team captain Sydney Crosby held the cup high in the air as he rode in the back of a truck alongside goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
“Thank you guys,” Crosby told the crowd at the end of the parade. “What can I say? I mean the support you guys have given us, the support you have showed … you deserve to be called the city of champions. You deserve the Stanley Cup.”
Many fans were wearing new shirts that said “Steel City Champions” while others opted not for the black and gold but for the old-style, light blue Penguins jerseys.
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