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    If the Celtics Win the NBA Championship, Fans Will Be Ready for the Parade

    By Joseph Allen,

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    At the risk of celebrating too soon, many Boston Celtics fans are getting ready for what seems like an almost inevitable parade. The Celtics currently hold a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series against the Dallas Mavericks. So, the Mavericks would have to do what no team has done before to win the NBA championship.

    Given that a Celtics championship feels close to inevitable, many fans want to know when the championship parade through the city would be. Here's what we know about when a potential parade might happen.
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    When will the Celtics parade be?

    In what is perhaps a smart move, the city of Boston hasn't announced any official plans around a parade, and likely won't do so until the Celtics have officially won the title. The last thing you want to do is jinx the team when they're on the verge of victory.

    So, while we don't have any official information about the parade or the route it might take, we can speculate in part based on the last time the team took home the trophy.

    When the Celtics won their 17th championship back in 2008, the winning game was on a Tuesday, and the parade was held that Thursday. That would suggest that Boston will be prepared to put the parade together in short order if the Celtics can clinch a victory during game 4 on June 14, and a parade could be held as soon as Father's Day, on June 16.

    The exact gap in days may vary, but Bostonians should expect that the parade will be held shortly after the Celtics seal their victory.

    As for the route, the 2008 parade began "at the TD Garden and (went) past City Hall and Boston Common before ending at Copley Square in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood," according to the Brockton Enterprise. It's unclear whether the 2024 edition would follow a similar path.

    The gap in days between a victory and the parade has varied by sport and team.

    When the Boston Bruins won in 2011, the winning game was on a Wednesday, and the parade was on a Saturday. The Bruins followed a slightly different route as well, so it seems that Boston likes to keep its citizens on their toes.

    When the New England Patriots last won in 2019, the Super Bowl was on a Sunday, and the parade was just two days later on Tuesday.

    Whatever the date and route might be, what's almost guaranteed should the Celtics win the championship is that the team will be riding on the city's famous Duck Boats. The Boston Duck Tours website notes that 12 championship teams have ridden in the boats since 2002.

    The boats were originally used as Army vehicles and had great back decks. This way, the players could stand on and wave to the crowds below. It was close enough to get these players right up to their fans. But, also far enough to keep them from being mobbed by the crowds."

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