A Look At The Championship Parades In Washington D.C. Sports History

The 2019 Washington Nationals Championship parade is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday.  It will start at 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, near the Washington Monument, then proceed east along Constitution, and end at Pennsylvania Avenue and Third Street NW, where there will be a rally at 3:30 p.m.

Nats Championship Parade Route

Washington Post: Information About Championship Parade

While 2019 is the first time the Washington Nationals baseball team won a championship, it is not the first time a team based in Washington DC has achieved that milestone and this parade is not the only championship parade the District has held.

Washington Capitals Championship Parade (2018)

Just a little over 16 months ago, the Washington Capitals won the 2018 Stanley Cup.  The celebration parade took place on Tuesday June 12 at 11:00 (Photos) The parade started at 17th and Constitution, proceeded east along Constitution, and then turned right on Seventh Street towards the stage at the National Mall where the ALL CAPS rally  was held.

Caps SC Parade Route

Below is a map, as seen on the pamphlet distributed by the Mayor’s Office.  The streets are better labeled but the start point and end points not as clear.

Caps Parade Route from Mayors Office

Washington Bullets (1978)

The Washington Bullets won their championship exactly 40 years before the Caps had won their Stanley Cup, in 1978.  Their parade started at Central Avenue, I’m Landover, Maryland, the location where they played their games, proceeded to East Capitol Street, and then to Pennsylvania Avenue, covering eleven miles.

Below is a Washington Post clipping describing the championship parade for the Bullets.

Bullets Parade Article from WaPo

Washington Redskins (1983, 1988, 1992)

As bad as the Redskins are today, the Redskins had won the Super Bowl three times since 1980 and held championship parades.


After winning the Superbowl in 1983, the championship parade proceeded on Constitution Avenue for the 12 blocks from the District Building to Third Street NW.

Wash Post: Parade in February 1983 After 1983 Superbowl Win


After winning the Superbown in 1988, the championship parade took place on Pennsylvania Avenue from Third Street to the District Building.

UPI: Parade in February 1988 After 1988 Superbowl Win

Photo: GhostsOfDC.org


Articles about celebration did not describe the parade route in detail but reported celebration was at the Mall and that the team rally was at huge stage at Third Street NW.

Photo: AP/Ira Schwarz

UPI: Parade in 1992 After 1992 Superbowl Win
Washington Post article on 1992 Superbowl Celebration Parade

For more details on past celebrations, see this article from the Washington Post.

By Diane Doyle

About Diane Doyle

Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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