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Thousands attend Lightning Stanley Cup boat parade

The parade was full of Cup-hoisting, Jet Ski riding and beer chugging.

TAMPA, Fla. — That's a wrap! The Tampa Bay Lightning's 2021 victory boat parade following the team's second consecutive Stanley Cup championship was definitely one for the books.

Fans got a glimpse of their favorite players as they sailed down the Hillsborough River with the Stanley Cup in hand. The famous hockey trophy also got a ride on Alex Killorn's Jet Ski.

There was plenty of Cup-hoisting, beer-chugging and celebrating to go around. Thankfully no one attempted what would have been a heart-stopping Stanley Cup toss.

A big celebration had been planned at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park but was, sadly, canceled because of the weather.

What do you say "Champa Bay?" Same time next year?

If you couldn't be there for all the action or are looking for a reason to once again revel in all the celebrations, we've got you covered in the thread below!


4:41 p.m.

Sad news for Lightning fans. A spokesperson for the City of Tampa says there are currently no plans to reschedule the rained-out celebration at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

"It was a great celebration—joyous, unscripted, spontaneous, and a thrill for tens of thousands of fans, many of whom happened to get wet," Tampa Director of Communications Adam Smith wrote in an email. "The Lightning brought the thunder again, and it was a blast. No plans to reschedule at this time."

3:42 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Lightning post-parade celebration at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park has been canceled due to storms.

3:13 p.m.

Lightning players are making their way outside after a rain delay at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. The stage was temporary covered up, as fans got drenched waiting for the post-parade celebration.

2:08 p.m.

"Back-to-boat" has a nice ring to it.

2:02 p.m.

Whelp 👀

1:58 p.m.

This is the definition of "Champa Bay" if we've ever seen one.

1:50 p.m.


1:45 p.m.

So, same time next year?

1:43 p.m.

Fans at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park are ready to keep the party going.

1:30 p.m.

More photos are beginning to roll in, and the Jet Skis are back! Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn could be seen riding one while holding the Stanley Cup as teammate Nikita Kucherov gestured to the crowd.

Credit: Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn drives a jet ski while holding the Stanley Cup as teammate Nikita Kucherov gestures to the crowd while celebrating the teams NHL hockey Stanley Cup victory with a boat parade Monday, July 12, 2021 in Tampa, Fla.

1:14 p.m.

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper blowing kisses to the fans.

1:11 p.m.


1:01 p.m.

Yanni Gourde with another beer-crushing moment.

12:58 p.m.

10 Tampa Bay's Ryan Bass fumbles an iconic 2021 Stanley Cup victory boat parade beer toss.

12:53 p.m.

Just a couple of champs enjoying being back-to-back champs!

12:35 p.m.

The 2021 Stanley Cup victory parade has just a little bit of everything.

12:33 p.m.

Bolts fans are loud and proud here at the Stanley Cup victory parade.

12:22 p.m.

Fans are chanting Andrei Vasilevskiy's name as a team boat passes Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

12:11 p.m.

Brayden Point is a man of the people on and off the ice. He's inviting fans on his boat for photos while the parade is on hold.

12:06 p.m.

Back-to-back champs and back-to-back chugs.

11:56 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup boat parade must temporarily halt because the mayor's boat came across an anchored vessel that wasn't supposed to be there along the parade route, according to 10 Tampa Bay's Beau Zimmer. The parade will be paused until that anchored boat can be moved.

11:55 a.m.

Andrei Vasilevskiy: A man of many talents.

11:53 a.m. 

It was only a matter of time before the Stanley Cup made its way onto a Jet Ski.

11:46 a.m.

Gangs all here. Take a look at the Lombardi, Conn Smythe AND the  Stanley Cup on the parade route.

11:34 a.m.

ThunderBug and City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor are getting fans hyped up along the parade route.

11:30 a.m.

Just three icons on a massive boat to celebrate back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

11:26 a.m.

Someone get the Stanley Cup a life vest.

11:18 a.m. 

Spotted: The Stanley Cup is heading your way Bolts fans!

11:07 a.m.

The boat parade is underway. Here come your 2021 Stanley Cup champs!

10:54 a.m.

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is quiet...for now. Here's a look at where Bolts fans will continue to celebrate with the Lightning post-parade.

10:22 a.m. 

It's almost time! Live coverage gets underway on 10 Tampa Bay at 11 a.m.

8:23 a.m.

Good morning Tampa Bay! It's boat parade day #GoBolts ⚡

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