Boston Bruins Parade 2011 Live: Police Say Crowd Is Largest Gathering In City History

The Boston Bruins parade is underway, as the players head down Causeway Street in duck boats after pulling out of the parking lot at TD Garden. They'll snake through the streets of Boston for about two hours, winding up at Copley Square around 1 p.m. Yes, that's only a two mile route. Yes, it will take a while. 

There was a short chance for the players to speak before the parade got underway, with about 1,000 invite-only fans gathered around a stage in the TD Garden parking lot. Zdeno Chara handed the Cup off to Cam Neely, the Bruins legend and current President who failed to win the trophy as a player.

Tim Thomas, Mark Recchi, Claude Julien, Peter Chiarelli, Owner Jeremy Jacobs all spoke. Mayor Tom Menino mumbled something. Brad Marchand rapped for about 10 seconds. And now, they're all riding through the streets.

Boston Police have announced that the crowd on hand for Saturday's parade is the largest for any such rally in the history of the city. That's more than the last billion parades that they've had in the last decade for the Celtics, Patriots and yes, even the Red Sox.

Stay tuned with us all morning as we celebrate the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. For more, stick with this StoryStream and check in with SB Nation Boston and Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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