People gather along Market Street ahead of Blues Championship Parade

ST. LOUIS – There was a big Blues party in Downtown St. Louis as fans lined up early to get a front row seat to see the Stanley Cup Champions Parade.

The parade was a sea of blue, full of heart and spirit.

Governor Mike Parson declared Saturday as St. Louis Blues Day.

Thousands of spectators lined the parade route hours before the parade got underway camping out in the rain or shine for the chance to secure a good spot. In fact, Joann Whitener has been a season ticket holder for 52 years, she says now she can celebrate history in the making, “I can’t explain the joy, it's just wonderful. I thought this day would never come,” said Whitener.

Spectators say they did not mind waiting hours for the parade. It's something they have been waiting for decades. “I'm a diehard Blues fan and thousands of people around here. This is great, this is what we all live for, the is amazing,” said Radar.

Last minute preps are underway for the Stanley Cup Championship Parade in Downtown St. Louis, where 500,000 people are expected to attend.

If you are heading down to secure your spot along the parade route, here’s what you need to know:

  • Coolers are allowed, but no glass bottles
  • The parade starts at noon at 18th and Market
  • Rally with the team at the arch grounds after the parade
  • Everyone must go through a security checkpoint to get to the rally

Live parade coverage will be on Fox 2 and Fox Sports Midwest from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The U.S. Open will begin at 11 a.m. on Fox 2, then switch over to KPLR 11 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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