The Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup Parade and Rally is expected to attract more than 200,000 fans

Fans flocking to Denver for Thursday’s Stanley Cup parade and celebration of the Colorado Avalanche should arrive early and be prepared to navigate the city’s congested streets filled with road closures and diversions and public transit delays.

City officials expect more than 200,000 revelers will attend the downtown parade along 17th Street from Union Station to the Civic Center and the celebration that follows at Civic Center Park, with Stanley Cup champion Avs on the steps of Denver City and in the center is district building.

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Map of the route of the avalanche parade
A map of the route of the Colorado Avalanche Celebration Parade. (Provided by the City of Denver)

“Come early and just bring essentials, it gets so crowded,” said Jill Lis of the Denver Office of Special Events. “No chairs, no big bags, no coolers or grills. Bring your energy, your Avs gear and water.”

Attendance at the event could swell past 200,000, Lis said.

An estimated 1 million fans saluted the Super Bowl-winning Denver Broncos during the final championship parade and celebration at Denver’s Civic Center in February 2016. The 2001 Stanley Cup Parade in Denver drew an estimated 250,000 people.

The celebrations on Thursday

Featuring live music and Avalanche highlights on multiple jumbo screens, the celebrations begin Thursday at 9 a.m. at Civic Center Park.

The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. at Union Station and all participants, including players, coaches, staff, families and guests, are expected to arrive at the celebration site by noon. The route goes down 17th Street to Broadway and then a few blocks south to the Civic Center.

Fire trucks from across the subway area will transport honorees along with decorated pickup trucks and other vehicles carrying dignitaries.

“We are very proud to be able to transport our Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche through the celebrations and parade,” said Capt. Greg Pixley of the Denver Fire Department. “Firefighters know what it takes to successfully meet long-term goals, and we appreciate the efforts of the Colorado Avalanche champions.”

In addition to the champions, attendees will include club owners Stan and Josh Kroenke, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Avalanche mascot Bernie, and the Avalanche Ice Patrol.

Public transportation

Officials with the Regional Transportation District said fans can use multiple bus lines and light rail lines in Denver to get to the parade and celebration, but some services have to travel around the area.

Thursday’s RTD diversions and delays include:

  • Lines D and H will be diverted to Union Station and will not serve the Colfax at Auraria Station via the downtown loop
  • L-Line service will be suspended during the parade
  • Bus route diversions include routes 0, 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 15, 15L, 16, 19, 20, 28, 32, 38, 43, 44, 48, 52 and 83L
  • Civic Center Station is closed during the parade
  • Free MallRide service will be suspended during the parade

“Plan ahead and go early, there will be service implications,” said Tina Jaquez, a spokeswoman for RTD.

People driving to the event can use the RTD Trip Planner and Next Ride apps, Jaquez said. You can also subscribe to service notifications and check schedules.

road closures

Those traveling downtown for the event should expect road closures, diversions, delays and parking availability.

Officials and police are urging drivers to be patient and vigilant.

Thursday closures include:

  • 14th Avenue between Delaware Street and Broadway, 6:00am-11:59pm
  • Bannock Street from Colfax to 13th Avenues, 6:00am – 11:59pm
  • Cherokee Street from Colfax to 13th Avenues, 6:00am-5:00pm


Denver Police will man the parade route and celebrations at the Civic Center, as well as road closures and detours in and around the events.

“If you are coming downtown for the Victory Parade and Rally – regardless of mode of transport – please be aware of other road users, especially as there will be extreme pedestrian traffic,” police said in a statement. “DPD will have the resources available to process traffic plans, road closures and to help resolve any safety concerns.

“Those present should be aware of their surroundings and inform the police if they see anything suspicious.”

According to police, drones are not allowed along the parade route or in the Civic Center.


Revelers are likely to stay dry and not get extremely overheated during the morning’s celebrations, but Thursday’s afternoon journey home could include rain if the temperature in Denver climbs into the upper 80s.

“There is a small 10 to 20 percent chance of a light shower or thunderstorm in the morning,” said Russell Danielson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Temperatures should range in the low 70s around the start of the parade and into the low 80s around noon in Denver, said Danielson, who wants to participate.

“Nice weather overall,” he said. “Go Avs.”

In the afternoon, the sky will be partly sunny, and the maximum temperature will reach almost 87 degrees, according to the weather service. There is a 50% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

“It doesn’t get terribly hot, but bring your own water,” Lis urged.

The entire Colorado Avalanche entourage around the Stanley Cup is expected to take the stage at the Civic Center around noon barring delays, and the event is expected to wrap up around 1 p.m., according to Lis.

For more information on the parade and rally, visit the 2022 Championship Celebration page at The Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup Parade and Rally is expected to attract more than 200,000 fans

James Brien

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