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L.A. Kings: Thousands anxiously await Stanley Cup parade

June 14, 2012 | 12:02 pm


Barricades and police kept a growing crowd off Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles, where fans waited anxiously Thursday for the start of a parade celebrating the Kings' Stanley Cup win.

Esteban Gudino, 34, flew from Las Vegas to celebrate his favorite team's win. He arrived with his wife and two sons at 9 a.m., hours before the parade's scheduled start at noon.

"It's pretty special," Gudino said. "it's nice to see them win."

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Brittany Maldonado, 20, of Santa Clarita, arrived at 7 a.m. with two friends. She painted the numbers 32 and 7 on her face to show her love for players Jonathan Quick and Rob Scuderi.

"It's huge to see them come from so close to the bottom and then rise to the top," Maldonado said.

But not all were impressed. Terry Stobie, 50, of Soups, pushed a cart packed with blow horns, American flags and $4 popcorn confetti, watching the crowd as he sold his wares.

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"This is much slower than the Lakers parade," he said. "The business is much better when the Lakers win."

"But we're here," he continued, "loving the Kings."

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— Melissa Leu and Weston Phippen at L.A. Live

Video credit: Melissa Leu / Los Angeles Times