Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup Parade: What to know for Thursday

9NEWS will salute the 2022 Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche with live parade coverage Thursday.

DENVER – A Stanley Cup championship parade will march through the streets of Denver for the first time in 21 years on Thursday.

9NEWS will be your home for the parade and rally in downtown Denver throughout the day.

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9NEWS will air the Stanley Cup parade and rally on 9NEWS, on 9NEWS.com, and other 9NEWS streaming platforms including the 9NEWS YouTube channel and on the 9NEWS app.

Live coverage of the celebrations begins at 4:30 am on 9NEWS, continuing through the end of the rally.

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Parade

The Stanley Cup parade departs at 10 am from Union Station on 17th Street and Wynkoop Street in downtown Denver.

The parade will continue southeast on 17th Street and turn right on Broadway before ending at Civic Center.

Colorado Avalanche players, coaches and management will appear in the parade.

No seating will be allowed along the parade route.

Rally

Entertainment at the celebratory rally begins at 9 am at Civic Center in downtown Denver. The parade will not arrive at the rally until after 11 am

The rally will be held on the steps of the Denver City and County Building.

Avalanche players, coaches and management will appear at the rally alongside team owners Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Mascot Bernie and the Avalanche Ice Patrol.

Video screens will be positioned on Bannock Street and in Civic Center Park, which will show live shots from the parade and entertainment on the stage. Sign language interpreters will be at the park and open captions will be projected on the video screens.

No seating will be allowed at Civic Center.

What to bring

The Avalanche advise fans to bring lots of water, sunscreen, hats, a fully charged cellphone and their best Colorado Avalanche gear.

What not to bring

  • Alcohol, marijuana and illegal drugs
  • Chairs and seating of any kind
  • Blankets, tarps, beach towels, etc.
  • Inflatable objects (beach balls, latex balloons, etc.)
  • Cans and bottles
  • Grills or propane
  • Weapons
  • Umbrellas
  • Hard case containers (coolers, briefcases, etc.)
  • Air horns / whistles / vuvuzelas
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Chemicals
  • Fireworks, smoke bombs, etc.
  • Large backpacks, suitcases, beach bags, equipment bags, etc.
  • Drones
  • Audio / video recording devices (including large cameras & tripods)
  • Laser pointers
  • Police / Radio scanners
  • Skateboards / Rollerblades

Safety tips

The Denver Police Department (DPD) and the Denver Office of Emergency Management offered some tips for people to celebrate safely:

  • Prevent crimes of opportunity of locking your vehicle. Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Report unattended items, suspicious activity, erratic driving or trespassing in restricted areas immediately.
  • Don’t drive intoxicated, pay attention while driving and share the road. There will be several street closures in the area, so be patient and plan accordingly.
  • Stay hydrated and carry snacks with you.
  • Have an emergency plan in case you need to evacuate during the celebration. Have a central meeting place for reunification if technology fails.
  • Carry cash in small bills in case technology fails.
  • If you have children with you, write your name, address and phone number on a piece of paper and place it in your child’s sock or shoe, should you become separated from your child.
  • Carry an emergency health information card with you or create one on a piece of paper. Include your name, address, emergency contact, birth date, blood type, allergies, medical conditions and health insurance information.
  • Maintain a safe distance from parade floats.

Getting to downtown

Parking and traffic will be extremely heavy in downtown Denver on Thursday.

The City of Denver and Regional Transportation District (RTD) encourages the use of public transit to reach the parade and rally.

Riders can check the RTD website to view schedules and use RTD’s Trip Planner and Next Ride apps to help plan and navigate the trip.

Many bus routes will be detouring around the parade and rally including routes 0, 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 15, 15L, 16, 19, 20, 28, 32, 38, 43, 44, 48, 52, 83L .

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