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Fans come out to celebrate at Royals' victory parade

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: May 29 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 30 2013 09:41:43 AM CDT

Reading Royals fans sang "we are the champions."

READING, Pa. -

Reading Royals fans danced in the streets, singing "We Are the Champions" as they celebrated their team's win of the Kelly Cup.

The victory parade made its way down Penn Avenue in West Reading as Slapshot, the team's mascot, danced his way along the route.

Meanwhile, fans waiting at the Sovereign Center couldn't stop talking about their team's big win Saturday night in Stockton, Calif.

"They went to bed at 11:30 and the Royals were up," said Chris Ferdocks. "I kept coming into their room giving them updates. They scored again. They scored again. By the time they fell asleep, I think Reading was up four to nothing."

The Ferdrocks enjoyed a street picnic as they waited, and the team's retired firefighter warmed up his power play siren. After 12 years of Royals hockey in Reading, it was time for a championship.

"Another shutout, 6 nothing Royals, we win the cup. Everybody's here. We're partying," said Louie Albert. "It's a wonderful thing."

The parade made its way over the Penn Street Bridge.

"It's been a long time since we had a championship in Reading," said Terry Hasenauer, who wondered if the Kelly Cup would be treated like the Stanley Cup.  "That they're allowed to take it home, enjoy it with their family and friends. That's the way it should be, because that is really cool."

Fans were excited to see the trophy for themselves, but not everyone was lucky.

"Oh, we didn't get to touch it," said Susan Wurst, but she still cheered. "Way to go baby. Awesome way to go guys. Way to go."

The parade ended, and fans couldn't wait to get their hands on the cup inside the Sovereign Center

"We have the cup! We have the cup! We have the cup," cheered player Yannick Tifu from the stage.

And everyone could toast to that.