There it was, Item No. 27 on the Clark County Board of Commissioners meeting agenda for Tuesday morning:
Approve the closure of Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Tropicana Avenue for a parade to celebrate the success of the Vegas Golden Knights inaugural and record-breaking season in the National Hockey League. (For possible action)
The hockey gods can’t shake their heads fast enough at that.
Sure, local governments in Las Vegas and Washington D.C. need to plan ahead about a possible Stanley Cup parade should their teams win, but you’ve gotta keep those plans hush hush, even if, like in Vegas’ case, this thought was to celebrate a successful first season in the NHL. Word about the plans for a Golden Knights’ celebration got out and the team had to release a statement Monday night explaining they asked to have the item removed from the agenda.
The Vegas Golden Knights appreciate that the Clark County Department of Public Works is considering a parade in its honor. However, the team has not been involved in any planning discussions and will only begin doing so when appropriate. Upon learning that the subject of the parade was on the agenda, the Golden Knights requested that it be removed. The Team is grateful and appreciative of the enthusiasm of the community and hopes to revisit this subject.
“I did have it removed from the agenda,” commission chairman Steve Sisolak via the Las Vegas Sun. “It was premature. They’re focused on playing hockey and not anything else. They’re solely focused on playing hockey right now.”
Vegas may only have one game left to play this season after dropping Game 4 to the Capitals, 6-2. They now trail the series 3-1, so it might just be a celebratory parade minus the “Stanley Cup champion” theme.