Tab for Hawks Rally, Parade = $200,000

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010  |  Updated 6:43 AM CDT
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True to Mayor Richard Daley's promise, taxpayer money wasn't needed to pay for last week's massive Blackhawks celebration.

The big parade and rally, with its stages, security barriers, jumbo-sized monitors, confetti cannons and security personnel, cost the city about $200,000 to pull off.

But the $210,000 coughed up by four corporate sponsors -- Commonwealth Edison, Bud Light, the Chicago Board Options Exchange and Harris Bank -- will cover the bill.

The goal was not to charge the Blackhawks because this was a party for them," said Special Events Director Megan McDonald, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "That would have been like having a surprise party for your best friend and making her pick up the bar bill."

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