CHICAGO (AP) -Ecstatic Blackhawks fans and proud Chicago residents have lined the streets and climbed lampposts to cheer on the Stanley Cup winners as they paraded through the city's downtown.
The Friday morning rally has drawn bandwagon-hoppers and die-hard fans alike. Some fans waived aluminum foil replicas of the trophy as team members waived to the crowd from open-topped buses.
Eighteen-year-old Alex Manley of West Chicago says he is among the city's many new Blackhawks fans. But 23-year-old Andy Dwyer of St. Charles says he's a die-hard fan and has the tattoos to prove it on his calves. He says he thinks his team win again next year.
The Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime in Philadelphia on Wednesday to win the cup for the first time since 1961.