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Many in the crowd wore Bruins garb of all sorts from simple T-shirts to expensive replica jerseys. Gold confetti streamed from buildings. A huge black-and-gold flag with the words “2011 Stanley Cup champions” fluttered across from City Hall.

Thomas, one of the few Bruins still sporting a playoff beard, spoke to the fans outside the Garden briefly before the rally. He held the Cup above his head the entire time.

“You guys wanted it. We got it and we want to share it with you today,” he said. “Let’s have some fun.”