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Washington is known nationally for its politics, and the division that creates. But the Capitals’ championship parade put focus on the local residents, and a city united by its team’s title run.
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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced that more than 800,000 people rode the city’s metrorail system Tuesday as the Washington Capitals celebrated their first Stanley Cup title with a parade in downtown Washington.

Metro wrote in a tweet Wednesday morning that the metrorail system had 840,145 riders the previous day, which was the largest ridership for a single day since Jan. 21, 2017, when many of the day’s 1,001,616 riders used the transit system to travel to or from the Women’s March.

The average weekday ridership for Metro is 612,652, according to figures released by the transit authority in May 2017.

The Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights in five games earlier this month to win their first Stanley Cup, which was also the city’s first championship in a “big four” sport since 1992. (D.C. United won the MLS Cup in 2004.)

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Tuesday’s resulting parade spanned more than a mile on Constitution Avenue, adjacent to the National Mall. The Associated Press reported that the parade crowd featured “hundreds of thousands” of fans but did not provide a more specific estimate; the National Park Service stopped estimating crowd sizes in 1996.

Contributing: The Associated Press

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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