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Celebrate! Blackhawks Parade And Rally Kicks Off At 10:30 AM

As many as 350,000 people are expected in downtown Chicago this morning for a victory parade and rally to celebrate the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship.

Here's the parade route:

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via www.chicagobreakingsports.com

If you can't make it downtown, here's where you can watch on television:

WBBM-TV, channel 2: coverage starts at 10 am

WLS-TV, channel 7: coverage starts at 10 am

WGN-TV, channel 9: coverage starts at 9 am

WFLD-TV, channel 32: coverage starts at 10 am

Comcast SportsNet Chicago: coverage starts at 10 am, streamed live at CSNChicago.com

If you are trying to get downtown to the parade and taking public transit, note that a number of CTA bus routes will be detoured due to the parade route. Here's more traffic and transit information from Chicago Breaking News.

Enjoy! Celebrate! And if you are a Chicago taxpayer, fear not: Mayor Daley says sponsors are picking up the entire cost of this event:

Chicago taxpayers will not pay one dime for Friday’s ticker-tape parade and rally celebrating the Blackhawks first Stanley Cup victory in 49 years, thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, Mayor Daley said today.

"We have sponsors. They made a commitment to do that. And that will be done," he said.

Daley refused to identify the corporations that have agreed to bankroll all city costs associated with Chicago’s first sports title bash since the White Sox won the World Series in 2005.

"We’ll get the list out later so you can write ‘em down and praise ‘em," the mayor said laughing.