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Glenn pumped to participate in Stanley Cup championship parade with Blues

Retiring after singing national anthem for 19 years, will perform on grounds of Gateway Arch

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Charles Glenn will be where he's dreamed of being for 19 years on Saturday: At a Stanley Cup victory parade for his beloved St. Louis Blues.

Glenn said he and his namesake band will be performing on the grounds of the city's Gateway Arch, the end point of a noontime parade and rally to celebrate the Blues' first Stanley Cup championship after their 4-1 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on Wednesday.

"These people are on fire," Glenn said of Blues fans. "The Rams were pretty big when they won the Super Bowl [at the end of the 1999 season]. The Cardinals, they expect the Cardinals to win the World Series; I mean, they come out to the parade and everything.

"But this is huge. I will guarantee you that this will be the biggest parade that this city has ever, ever seen. No doubt in my mind."

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Glenn, who retired after 19 years as the national anthem singer for the Blues following Game 6 of the Cup Final at Enterprise Center last Sunday, doesn't know if he'll sing the Star-Spangled Banner one last time during the celebration Saturday but said, "Oh, I'll be there, ready for whatever."

One thing is certain: "Gloria," the late Laura Branigan's 1982 pop hit that became the Blues' victory anthem, is definitely on the playlist.

"Oh, that's going to be covered. Trust me, that's going to be covered strong," Glenn said. "I've got a singer coming in for that special."

Glenn, who has multiple sclerosis, kept his promise and left every note on the ice with his final performance before Game 6, with the mission of whipping the crowd into a frenzy. They were fired up, but the Bruins forced Game 7 with a 7-2 win.

"When we lost Game 6, I was pretty comfortable," Glenn said. "Hindsight [is] 20/20, but I wasn't bumming out. The team looked real relaxed [in Game 7]. I was blown away. It was beautiful."

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