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Best moments from the Lightning Stanley Cup boat parade

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Jul 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 18:48:15-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Cup. Boat parade. Repeat.

After winning a second straight Stanley Cup, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the city had an amazing party! The Lightning hosted their second straight boat parade and celebration Monday with ABC Action News coverage on-air, online, in our app, and across all of our streaming platforms. If you missed any of the action, here were some of the most memorable moments!

NOTE: Severe thunderstorms canceled the planned celebration/party at Julian B. Lane Park. The city of Tampa said no further events are planned and the celebration will not be rescheduled. The final decision will be up to the Lightning, but no further celebrations are expected.

PHOTOS: Memorable Moments from the championship boat parade.


Before celebrations were canceled, players took the stage at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in pouring down rain. They didn't seem to care much, and neither did the crowd.

Bolts players, fans celebrate Stanley Cup win despite rain

Thousands of Lightning fans packed the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa to catch a glimpse of the back-to-back champs and the Stanley Cup during the team's second championship boat parade in just a matter of months. Fans of all ages turned out, acknowledging not only the excitement of the team's win, but a celebration to be back together again after a tough year from the pandemic.

Fans celebrate Bolts victory at boat parade

ABC Action News anchor Paul La'Grone and reporter Sean Daly got some of the best seats in the house while riding along with the parade on a tiki boat and chasing Lord Stanely.

Boat parade views from a tiki boat

Many bolts fans checked into downtown hotels to secure a prime spot for the parade without having to fight the Riverwalk crowd.

Bolts fans book hotel rooms to watch boat parade

We got the lightning, thunder and the rain. Lightning fans braved all the elements to get a glimpse of their back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.

Fans brave severe weather to celebrate the Bolts


1:35 p.m. - That feeling when you're interviewing Blake Coleman and the Keeper of the Cup decides to loan you a certain trophy.

Blake Coleman lifts Stanley Cup LIVE during Bolts boat parade

12:27 p.m. - If you're going to get a drink during a Lightning championship parade, there's nothing better than getting the drink from the Stanley Cup!!

Ryan McDonagh drinks from Stanley Cup

12:12 p.m. - Well, it's not quite tossing it from one boat to another, but we came pretty close to a cup mishap as the first hour of the parade wound down.

Lightning owner Jeff Vinik nearly drops Stanley Cup

12:04 p.m. - Coach Jon Cooper hoists the Stanley Cup overhead during the championship boat parade.

Coach Cooper hoists Stanley Cup during boat parade

11:52 a.m. - What do you do when you need to transfer the cup between boats? Take it on a jet ski.

Stanley Cup transported by jetski

11:40 a.m. - We've seen the Prince of Wales trophy, the Stanley Cup, the Lombardi trophy, and now a WWE Championship belt.

Alex Killorn with WWE belt at boat parade

`11:32 a.m. - Check out the incredible view of the entire parade as the boats move down the river.

Chopper over the Championship Parade

11:15 a.m. - Video from the opening moments of the parade.

Championship Boat Parade Cup

11:12 a.m. - The Stanley Cup, what everything is about today, on a boat in the championship parade.

Boat Parade 7

11:02 a.m. - The armada of boats lines Hillsborough River as the Lightning parade is well underway in downtown Tampa.

Boat Parade 5
Boat Parade 6

10:57 a.m. - The full parade begins at 11 a.m. Here's a look at some of the boats already in the water around the parade.

Boat parade 1
Boat Parade 2
Boat Parade 3

10:30 a.m. - Live coverage starts now across all platforms.