Chicago Blackhawks fans from the city and surrounding area turned out in droves on a steamy Friday morning to cheer the 2013 Stanley Cup victors on during their 30-minute long parade through downtown and a subsequent victory rally in Grant Park.
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All photos by Joshua Mellin for Huffington Post Chicago
Reports of fans camping out for a space at the 11 a..m rally in Grant Park's Hutchinson Field came in as early as 6:30 a.m., while ABC Chicago said some celebrants even camped out overnight.
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Despite high sprits, confetti cannons and lots of cheers, the celebration had some dangerous moments as well. Just before 10:30 a.m. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern tweeted a photo of a man getting arrested near City Hall indicating he had two loaded guns.
As of 1 p.m., the Chicago Fire Department said 92 patients were treated for heat exhaustion and heat-related issues at the event, 42 of which resulted in hospital transport.
Officials have yet to release attendance estimates — early predictions were set around two million — but based on visual estimates, it's safe to say the fete was packed:
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Adding to an already memorable day was the speech given by Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford: After Patrick Kane presented Crawford with the title belt — given to the team's best postseason player — Crawford launched into a charming, f-bomb-laden speech while marveling at the sight of the Hawks fans (Warning: some NSFW language):