BOSTON - The Boston Bruins are making their celebratory trip through city streets with hundreds of thousands of fans crowding sidewalks to see them — and the Stanley Cup — in a rolling rally honouring the NHL champions.

The team and its precious prize set out from TD Garden Saturday morning in 18 duck boats, tourist vehicles designed to travel on land and water. The passengers are the players who excelled on ice.

Captain Zdeno Chara raised the Cup over his head then passed it to playoff MVP Tim Thomas, who kept it aloft and later smiled and waved to the fans.

The Bruins won their first championship in 39 years and sixth in their history when they beat the Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 in Vancouver on Wednesday night.