On Tuesday, the Capitals held their Championship parade and rally in downtown DC. Whether you experienced it in person, or followed along online, it might be difficult to imagine what it would look like from the perspective of the team.
Thanks to Instagram stories, you don’t have to imagine. Several members of the Capitals organization, and their families, posted video throughout the day, and we’ve compiled them so you can experience everything through their eyes.
Starting with Alex Ovechkin, his videos showed how amped up the crowd was along the parade route, as he lifted the Stanley Cup for them. He also caught a few chants of, “Ovi, Ovi, Ovi,” as the bus passed by the fans.
Andre Burakovsky’s footage caught the marching band ahead of the bus. He also turned the camera front-facing as he ran along the crowd, seeking high fives.
The Capitals’ account captured everything from Ovi’s journey to the bus, the F-16 flyover, and more of the incredible sea of red along the parade route.
Meanwhile, rookie Jakub Vrana lip-synced along to some of the music playing as the bus traveled along Constitution Avenue. He also captured some moments with the Red Rockers, and the team, as they made their way to the stage for the rally. “Woo!”
Much like Burakovsky’s footage, John Carlson caught some of the marching band, as well as the roar of Capitals fans as their bus passed them by.
As you might expect Lauren Oshie’s videos, there was a ton of content of TJ Oshie with his young daughters, Lyla and Leni. There was no way we were getting out the other side of Parade day without some prime Leni Oshie content.
Monumental Sports also posted a ton of footage to their Instagram. It followed the Capitals as they got ready to board the bus, Slapshot waving a Capitals flag, as well as a few of the players just taking in the moment.
Nastya Ovechkina had everything from Ovi’s journey to the bus, to the capitals Captain lifting the cup for the fans as they passed by, and a lot of celebrating. She also focused on a sign declaring “Ovechkin for President.” Can’t argue with that.
Goaltender Philip Grubauer caught some more of the crowd, especially at the beginning of the parade, as well as the American flag as it waved above their bus.
The NHL account gave a lot of love to Devante Smith-Pelly and the WWE Championship belt, as well as some of the other Capitals players as the crowd chanted their names as they passed by.
Smith-Pelly himself, meanwhile, got perhaps the best footage of TJ Oshie drinking a beer through his jersey, but allowing us to experience it from the Capitals’ perspective.
Much like Lauren Oshie’s footage, TJ had his daughter, Lyla, in the frame, as he waved to the crowd.
Tom Wilson also got in on the action, filming the Capitals fans as they cheered for them, as well as some moments on-stage at the rally.
Lars Eller and daughter, Sophia, took in the atmosphere together, as their bus drove along Constitution Avenue.
— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) June 12, 2018
Finally, the song that has been sung over, and over, since the Capitals won the Stanley Cup. We Are the Champions. But this time, looking out at Capitals fans, as they joined in, at the rally.
— John Walton (@WaltonCaps) June 12, 2018
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