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Lightning plan late morning boat parade in Tampa Monday

It will be Tampa’s third championship boat parade in less than a year.
Members of the Tampa Bay Lightning make their way down the Hillsborough River as they are greeted by fans during their Boat Parade celebrating their 2020 Stanley Cup
Members of the Tampa Bay Lightning make their way down the Hillsborough River as they are greeted by fans during their Boat Parade celebrating their 2020 Stanley Cup [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Jul. 8
Updated Jul. 9

Tampa just really likes a victory parade.

Following the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory on Wednesday night, city of Tampa spokesperson Adam Smith said a parade is being planned for Monday.

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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said players will board the boats at 10 a.m. on Davis Islands with the parade starting by 11 a.m. It will go down the Riverwalk, she said. The parade will be broadcast on Bally Sports Sun for those who cannot attend. Fans will not be able to join in the parade with their own boats.

Of the Stanley Cup itself, Castor said that “hopefully, it will not go in the water.”

But divers will be ready if that were to happen.

She said the parade is happening Monday because Lightning owner Jeff Vinik’s son is getting married this weekend.

The boat parade will be followed by a celebration at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park. Players will be at the park to talk to fans.

Big Boi and Vo Williams will perform at the park Monday as part of the celebration. Fans are not allowed to bring their own coolers or chairs to the park.

The 25-acre park is located just north of the University of Tampa and across the Hillsborough River from the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts at 1001 North Blvd. in Tampa.

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