South Bay

Today will be the better Stanley Cup parade

Stanley Cup at Dodger Stadium Tuesday night.

In news footage the crowd along Figueroa at Monday's Stanley Cup parade seemed enthusiastic but a bit sparse. Certainly not the 250,000 (or 25,000+ per block) thrown around in the media. On Wednesday the Kings are organizing a parade through the South Bay cities that will be longer in miles and time, likely smaller in crowds, but will almost certainly feel more intense. Remember last time — in 2012 — the love was massive everywhere the Stanley Cup stopped in the South Bay.

From the Daily Breeze in 2012, in Hermosa Beach:
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The parade starts at 3 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Pier and will proceed to the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Manhattan Beach Blvd. Here's the exact route per the Kings, expected to take 90 minutes.

Redondo Beach Pier
Left on Catalina
Left on Beryl
Right on Harbor
Left onto 2nd St to Strand
Right on 22nd St
Left on Hermosa Ave
Right on Greenwich Village
Left on Manhattan Ave
END - Manhattan Beach Blvd

Streets will be closed and access and parking will be trouble — this is the South Bay after all. The Kings also sound concerned about the crowds and managing the media. Some fairly detailed media guidelines were issued:

The players will travel the picturesque route, including a portion on the world famous Strand in Hermosa Beach, aboard fifteen Toyota Tundras provided by Toyota. The parade is scheduled to begin at 3 PM and is expected to last 90 minutes.

NOTE: The day’s festivities will include the parade, fan reactions to the players and the Stanley Cup and the players saluting the fans along the street but, at this time, there will not be any opportunities to interview the players.

There will be limited opportunities for Kings-credentialed television and still photographers to walk along the parade route and anyone directly approaching the vehicles will be removed from the street – no exceptions.

Parking for microwave vans along streets adjacent to the parade route will be at the discretion of each City’s Police Department who will be strictly enforcing rules of proper conduct for fans and members of the media.

All but one of the Kings players lives in Manhattan or Hermosa Beach, so they can probably just walk home afterward.

Tuesday with the Cup: Several Kings brought the Stanley Cup to Dodger Stadium, where they posed and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Much tweeting ensued.

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