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Penguins’ Stanley Cup parade 2017 photos: Hundreds of thousands flock to Downtown Pittsburgh … because it’s the Cup

Hey, didn’t we just do this?

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Updated, 9:32 p.m. 

Hours before the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions were set to parade through the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh, Penguins fans staked out their spots — early.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and to end at Point State Park (check out all the details here), unlike the 2016 celebration, which brought everyone together at a packed Downtown intersection. Here’s today’s route:

But again, here’s the thing, if you weren’t out with your chair and Pens jersey *early,*  you’re not getting a good spot today. Sorry to be the bearers of bad news. Here’s what it looked like by 7:30 a.m.

Hundreds were already gathered at Point State Park and along the parade’s course well before 9 a.m.

Just before 10 a.m., Grant Street was about three-people deep.

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There, the City County Building and one of its most famous workers, River, Pittsburgh’s canine ambassador, were ready for the festivities.

City County Building on Grant Street
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While everyone waited for the Pens at the park, 9-year-old Riley from Buffalo, N.Y., was the biggest star at the celebration in her Halloween costume that she and her dad made. Riley plays center and has played hockey since she could walk, her mom said.

Riley, 9, in her Stanley Cup Halloween costume

Riley, 9, in her Stanley Cup Halloween costume

Everyone wanted her picture.

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And their pictures, too.

Update, 12:06 p.m.

The players are making their way through the parade.

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Crosby hoists the Stanley Cup

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Sidney Crosby even let fans touch the Cup.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Trevor Daley carries his daughter during the parade.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Trevor Daley carries his daughter during the parade.

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Brian Dumoulin

Brian Dumoulin

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Jake Guentzel high fives fans along the parade route.

Jake Guentzel high fives fans along the parade route.

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Two-time Stanley Cup Champion Phil Kessel.

Two-time Stanley Cup Champion Phil Kessel.

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Evgeni Malkin takes a selfie with Benji Vulakh, 20, of Pittsburgh.

Evgeni Malkin takes a selfie with Benji Vulakh, 20, of Pittsburgh.

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Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray

Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray

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Kris Letang

Kris Letang

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Matt Murray and Nick Bonino

Matt Murray and Nick Bonino

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Carl Hagelin and Ian Cole

Carl Hagelin and Ian Cole

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Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

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Oh hey, Mario.

Oh hey, Mario.

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Olli Maatta at the parade

Olli Maatta at the parade

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