ST. LOUIS – Our St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup champions! The celebrations have already started, but the official parade will be today in downtown St. Louis.
The Blues held a press conference at 11 a.m. on Friday with the latest details.
The parade will kick off at noon at 18th and Market streets in downtown St. Louis on June 15.
Events will take place rain or shine!
The parade will travel east and end at Broadway and Market Street.
HOW TO WATCH
5 On Your Side will begin live coverage at 11:30 a.m.
Video screens – there will be at least six video screens throughout the city for fans to watch - a couple of video screens near the Arch and one at Kiener Plaza
Multiple street closures will be in place and parking will be in high demand, officials said.
Market Street between 18th Street and 4th Street
All north and south streets along the parade route one block north and south of Market Street
14th Street between Clark Avenue and Market Street
Clark Avenue between Tucker Street and 18th Street
Broadway Street between Market Street and Walnut Street
Several ramps will be closed - The ramp from eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 to Walnut Street, and the ramp from the westbound Poplar Street Bridge to eastbound I-44 and Walnut Street will close at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14 to prepare for this weekend’s activities at the Gateway Arch National Park.
The ramps are expected to reopen by 8 p.m. Sunday, June 16.
After the parade, Blues players, alumni, team leadership and other guests will lead the celebration with a ceremony under the Gateway Arch
The events are free and open to the public. At the Gateway Arch, visitors can enter the park grounds through three security access points – two are in Luther Ely Smith Square, which are located on Fourth Street between Market and Chestnut street and one is in the north grounds of the Arch.
There will be concession stands at the Arch that will sell soda, water and beer – cash only. You can bring soft-sided coolers with sealed, non-alcoholic beverages into the park grounds. No glass is allowed.
Officials said fans should arrive early, be mindful of downtown road closures and take their time to find parking or use public transportation.
The Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse will be open for visitors during regularly scheduled hours during the parade and recognition ceremony.
All Tram Ride to the Top ticket holders are advised to arrive at the Arch grounds at least 60 minutes ahead of their scheduled tram time to go through two security checkpoints.
YOU CAN BRING IN THE FOLLOWING TO THE CELEBRATION AT THE ARCH
Food - baby food or food for persons with medical conditions is permitted
Baby diaper bags
Baby strollers and wagons
Cooler (small soft-sided)
Non-alcoholic beverages (unopened)
Small sized bags and purses
Weather appropriate gear
DO NOT BRING INTO CELEBRATION AT THE ARCH
No bicycles, skateboards, scooters or personalized motor vehicles
No pets, other than service animals
No open containers
No controlled substances
No frisbees, footballs, etc.
No glass containers
No bags larger than 14" x 14" x 6"
No large bags or containers
No professional recording or photography equipment, including drones
No large banners or signs
No unauthorized vendors, solicitations, handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.
Ideal stops for MetroLink are the Busch Stadium, 8th and Pine and Laclede’s Landing stations. Rideshares should drop off at 14th and Olive streets or 20th and Market streets for access to the parade, or 8th and Clark streets for access to the civic celebration at the Arch.
MetroLink will operate extra trains, an official said. Trains will run at least every 12 minutes. They will also have extra security on hand.
Officials recommend downloading the MetroLink app.
St. Louis police have ‘maximized’ their staffing, a spokesperson said during a Friday press conference. They’re also working with their federal partners and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.