Party in Motown
Red Wings' fans hit streets to celebrate
Posted: Wednesday June 17, 1998 12:30 AM
Motor City madness: Red Wings fans jammed the streets of Detroit to celebrate the championship for the second straight year (AP)|
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings
couldn't hear the ear-splitting roars from the capacity crowd at Joe Louis
Arena on Tuesday night as they swept to their second straight Stanley
"Sweep, sweep, sweep," chanted fans decked out in red jerseys and
sporting makeshift Styrofoam and foil cups as they watched the Wings' 4-1
victory at Washington in Game 4 on large screens at the arena.
Last year, the Red Wings won at home on a Saturday and although crowds
were enthusiastic, only a few arrests were made.
This year, highway exits leading to downtown were shut down just before
midnight as the city became gridlocked with revelers, Detroit police public
information officer Ricardo Moore said. He said he knew of no arrests late
Thousands of fans took to the streets as a light rain fell. Some waved
brooms signifying the sweep as police officers watched from virtually every
downtown street corner.
"There's nothing destructive or anything of that nature going on. The
celebration is just what we expected, too," Moore said.
At the Spirit of Detroit statue, which had been adorned with a huge Red
Wings jersey all week, people danced in the streets.
Even before the game ended, city officials announced the victory parade
will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday down Woodward Avenue, ending at Hart
Plaza -- the same route as last year.
"For the second year, the Red Wings' team work and masterful play have
helped them capture one of the greatest trophies in professional sports,"
Mayor Dennis Archer said. "I congratulate them on keeping Lord Stanley's
cup in Hockeytown."
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