Tens of thousands of fans come out for Capitals' Stanley Cup championship parade [Photos]

The Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals celebrated the city's first championship in one of the four major professional sports in 26 years with a parade down Constitution Avenue on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of fans lined the route, including hundreds on the steps of the National Archives creating a sea of red.

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Fans gather on the steps of the National Archives as they wait to watch the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup victory parade. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

The final vehicle in the parade held Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Orpik, owner Ted Leonsis, team president Dick Patrick — and the Stanley Cup.

Fans along Constitution chanted, “Raise the Cup!” and “Ovi! Ovi! Ovi!”

Ovechkin sat at the front of the double-decker bus, alternating between resting his arms on the trophy, raising it, and drinking from his Bud Light bottle.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin lifts the Stanley Cup during a victory parade in Washington on Tuesday. Alex Brandon / EPA/Shutterstock

A rally at the National Mall capped the celebration.

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The Capitals' victory parade makes its way toward the National Mall. Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images