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Blackhawks Stanley Cup parade security tightened after Boston Marathon bombing

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Remember when a fan watching the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks parade tossed Patrick Kane a beer, from which he lustfully drank?

Cool moment in 2010.

Probably getting you arrested in 2013.

Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management released rules for the Blackhawks’ 2013 Stanley Cup Parade scheduled for Friday, and they’re in stark contrast with the lax ones from four seasons ago, which amounted to “stay hydrated!” and “watch for babies!”

But the Boston Marathon bombings changed the way big cities are going to handle well-populated events, especially centered around sports.

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The Chicago Police Department will maintain a heavy presence, aided by other law enforcement agencies, a cadre of bomb-sniffing dogs, and lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombing — searching backpacks and banning coolers.

“We strongly advise people not to bring backpacks or large bags to the rally. If you bring a cooler, you will be turned away. And we will have zero tolerance for alcohol consumption on the public way,” said a stern Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

One of the other things that happened in 2010: Fans crossing barricades to get closer to the players on their parade buses.

McCarthy told the Chicago Tribune anyone attempting that this year would be arrested.

City officials estimated that as many as 2 million people attended the Blackhawks’ previous championship parade.

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