Fans shrug off rain to honor Stanley Cup champion Blues
by APNewsNow. Updates with large crowds gathering despite rain. Will be updated. With AP Photos. Stats.com | APon
ST. LOUIS (AP) It's raining on the Blues' parade, but nobody seems to mind.
Throngs of people lined the streets of downtown St. Louis in a rainstorm on Saturday to cheer on the Stanley Cup-winning Blues. The parade will be followed by a rally beneath the Gateway Arch.
The Blues ended one of sports' longest championship droughts Wednesday by beating the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. It is the Blues' first title in the team's 52-year existence.
St. Louis has long been considered a baseball haven, thanks to the Cardinals' 11 World Series titles. But it sure looked like a hockey town Saturday as fans shouted ''Let's Go Blues!'' and danced to ''Gloria,'' Laura Branigan's 1982 hit that became the unofficial victory song.