Everything we saw at Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup boat parade and party

In the before time, October would more or less mark the beginning of a new NHL season, but these days are far from normal, and a season which kicked off nearly 365 days ago just wrapped on Monday.

Still, the last half-decade's winningest pro hockey franchise, your Tampa Bay Lightning, put forth a Herculean effort and won what many are calling the most difficult Stanley Cup championship in the history of the more than 100-year-old tournament. And how else would this most extraordinary team celebrate than by throwing a very-Tampeño championship parade on the water so that fans—gathered on the Riverwalk, somewhat reasonably, but still dangerously close to each other considering the global pandemic—could salute the Bolts before a select few could gather at Raymond James Stadium for the most socially-distanced award presentation in the history of Tampa Bay.

All photos by Nicole Abbett unless captioned with Dan Fwenandez's byline.. —Ray Roa

09/30/2020
Photos by Nicole Abbett and Dan Fwenandez
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Photo by Dan Fwenandez
Nicole Abbett and Dan Fwenandez
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Nicole Abbett and Dan Fwenandez
Photo by Dan Fwenandez
Photo by Dan Fwenandez
Nicole Abbett and Dan Fwenandez
Photo by Dan Fwenandez
Photo by Dan Fwenandez
Nicole Abbett and Dan Fwenandez
Photo by Dan Fwenandez
Photo by Dan Fwenandez
Nicole Abbett and Dan Fwenandez
Photo by Dan Fwenandez

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