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.

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