PHOTOS: Caps fans celebrate in epic fashion

The Washington Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5. Fans took to the streets in celebration — see some highlights.
John Walton, the voice of the Washington Capitals with the final call on Capitals Radio. (WTOP/Ben Raby)
An immense crowd gathers outside  Capital One Arena during Thursday's game on June 7. (NBC Washington)
An immense crowd gathers outside Capital One Arena during Thursday’s game on June 7. (NBC Washington) (NBC Washington)
Fans gather outside Capital One Arena at a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Fans gather outside Capital One Arena at a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday's game. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday’s game. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday's game near the Gallery Place Metro station. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday’s game. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday's game. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday’s game. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday's game. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday’s game. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Fans at a viewing party react to a goal by Washington Capitals' Jakub Vrana during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Fans at a viewing party react to a goal by Washington Capitals’ Jakub Vrana during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Fans attend a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Fans attend a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Fans react at a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Fans react at a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Fans cheer on the Caps. (Courtesy Kelly Thompson)
Fans cheer on the Caps. (Courtesy Kelly Thompson) (Courtesy Kelly Thompson)
From the comfort of their home, two WTOP listeners join in on the Caps' team photo. (Courtesy WTOP Listeners)
From the comfort of their home, two WTOP listeners join in on the Caps’ team photo. (Courtesy WTOP Listeners) (Courtesy WTOP Listener)
A WTOP listener rocks a cap of the 2018 Stanley Cup champs. (Courtesy Tee Storm)
A WTOP listener rocks a cap of the 2018 Stanley Cup champs. (Courtesy Tee Storm) (Courtesy Tee Storm)
A WTOP listener said, "Can you say Stanley Cup? The Rucker Tobechi Family loves #83/ JayBeagle! ROCK THE RED!!! GO CAPS!" (Courtesy WTOP Listener)
A WTOP listener said, “Can you say Stanley Cup? The Rucker Tobechi Family loves #83/ JayBeagle! ROCK THE RED!!! GO CAPS!” (Courtesy WTOP Listener) (Courtesy WTOP Listener)
Tiffany Diehl and Jason Crown watched the Caps win the Stanley Cup from Las Vegas. (Courtesy Tiffany Diehl)
Tiffany Diehl and Jason Crown watched the Caps win the Stanley Cup from Las Vegas. (Courtesy Tiffany Diehl) (Courtesy Tiffany Diehl)
Fans attend a watch party at Leonardtown Cigars in Leonardtown, Maryland. (Courtesy Jacki Wobser)
Fans attend a watch party at Leonardtown Cigars in Leonardtown, Maryland. (Courtesy Jacki Wobser) (Courtesy Jacki Wobser)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Washington Capitals pack 7th street outside the Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a  3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 07: Washington Capitals pack 7th street outside the Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a 3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Edelman)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: A Washington Capitals fan holds a "Lets Go Caps" sign during the fan watch party at Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a  3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 07: A Washington Capitals fan holds a “Lets Go Caps” sign during the fan watch party at Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a 3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Edelman)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: A Washington Capitals fans cheer during the fan watch party at Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a  3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 07: A Washington Capitals fans cheer during the fan watch party at Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a 3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Edelman)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Washington Capitals pack 7th street outside the Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a  3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 07: Washington Capitals pack 7th street outside the Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a 3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Edelman)
A sea of people watch the outdoor screen at The Bullpen near Nationals Park. (WTOP/Dan Friedell)
A sea of people watch the outdoor screen at The Bullpen near Nationals Park. (WTOP/Dan Friedell) (WTOP/Dan Friedell)
Inside Capital One Arena, looking out on the crowd-filled streets. (WTOP/Noah Frank)
Inside Capital One Arena, looking out on the crowd-filled streets. (WTOP/Noah Frank) (WTOP/Noah Frank)
This is what dedication looks like. Photo was taken well before 7 p.m. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
This is what dedication looks like. Photo was taken well before 7 p.m. (WTOP/Michelle Basch) (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Some 90 minutes before the puck drops, the crowd was already sizable outside Capital One Arena Thursday evening. (WTOP/Noah Frank)
Some 90 minutes before the puck drops, the crowd was already sizable outside Capital One Arena Thursday evening. (WTOP/Noah Frank) (WTOP/Noah Frank)
The view from the Capital One press box around 6 p.m. Thursday (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The view from the Capital One press box around 6 p.m. Thursday (WTOP/Michelle Basch) (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Meanwhile in Vegas, the fans who traveled are ready as well. (WTOP/Caitlin O'Connor)
Meanwhile in Vegas, the fans who traveled were ready as well. (WTOP/Caitlin O’Connor) (WTOP/Caitlin O'Connor)
These 25-year season ticket holders made the trek to Vegas. (WTOP/Caitlin O'Connor)
These 25-year season ticket holders made the trek to Vegas. (WTOP/Caitlin O’Connor) (WTOP/Caitlin O'Connor)
Chad Schrock awaits Game 5. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Chad Schrock awaits Game 5. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
At least one trash can near Capital One Arena was at capacity hours before game time. (WTOP/Kristi King)
At least one trash can near Capital One Arena was at capacity hours before game time. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Here's looking at you, D.C. Suzanna Canton of Bethesda rocks all the colors. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Here’s looking at you, D.C.: Suzanna Canton of Bethesda rocks all the colors. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
The view of Seventh and G streets from the 400 level of Capital One Arena. (WTOP/Noah Frank)
The view of Seventh and G streets from the 400 level of Capital One Arena. (WTOP/Noah Frank) (WTOP/Noah Frank)
The fans hold up a facsimile. They want the real thing. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Caps fans outside Capital One Arena hold up a facsimile. They want the real thing. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Fans line up outside a Chinatown bar Thursday afternoon. (Courtesy Cody House)
Fans line up outside a Chinatown bar Thursday afternoon. (Courtesy Cody House) (Courtesy Cody House)
Fans line up outside a Chinatown bar Thursday afternoon. (Courtesy Cody House)
Fans line up outside a Chinatown bar Thursday afternoon. (Courtesy Cody House) (Courtesy Cody House)
A good-size crowd was already inside Capital One Arena during the Mystics game, in anticipation of a Game 5 Caps watch party. (WTOP/Noah Frank)
A good-size crowd was already inside Capital One Arena during the Mystics game, in anticipation of a Game 5 Caps watch party Thursday night. (WTOP/Noah Frank) (WTOP/Noah Frank)
This rally towel available outside Capital One Arena observes all corners of "the DMV." (WTOP/Kristi King)
This rally towel available outside Capital One Arena observes all corners of “the DMV.” (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Rocking the red playoff beard (WTOP/Kristi King)
Rocking the red playoff beard (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
With Game 5 hours away, Caps fans had their game faces on outside Capital One Arena. (WTOP/Kristi King)
With Game 5 hours away, Caps fans had their game faces on outside Capital One Arena. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
The Liang family wait for the puck to drop outside Capital One Arena on Thursday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The Liang family waits for the puck to drop outside Capital One Arena on Thursday. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
The early birds watch the Mystics game before the Caps game comes on. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The early birds watch the Mystics game before the Caps game comes on. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
The early birds watch the Mystics game before the Caps game comes on. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The early birds watch the Mystics game before the Caps game comes on. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Early birds stake out a good seat before Game 5 Thursday afternoon. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Early birds stake out a good seat before Game 5 Thursday afternoon. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Fans were already setting up on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery Thursday afternoon. (WTOP/Noah Frank)
Fans were already setting up on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery Thursday afternoon. (WTOP/Noah Frank) (WTOP/Noah Frank)
The Mystics showed up for their own game in uniform. (WTOP/Noah Frank)
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An immense crowd gathers outside  Capital One Arena during Thursday's game on June 7. (NBC Washington)
Fans gather outside Capital One Arena at a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday's game. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday's game near the Gallery Place Metro station. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday's game. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Crowds went wild in celebration after Thursday's game. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Fans at a viewing party react to a goal by Washington Capitals' Jakub Vrana during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Fans attend a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Fans react at a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Fans cheer on the Caps. (Courtesy Kelly Thompson)
From the comfort of their home, two WTOP listeners join in on the Caps' team photo. (Courtesy WTOP Listeners)
A WTOP listener rocks a cap of the 2018 Stanley Cup champs. (Courtesy Tee Storm)
A WTOP listener said, "Can you say Stanley Cup? The Rucker Tobechi Family loves #83/ JayBeagle! ROCK THE RED!!! GO CAPS!" (Courtesy WTOP Listener)
Tiffany Diehl and Jason Crown watched the Caps win the Stanley Cup from Las Vegas. (Courtesy Tiffany Diehl)
Fans attend a watch party at Leonardtown Cigars in Leonardtown, Maryland. (Courtesy Jacki Wobser)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Washington Capitals pack 7th street outside the Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a  3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: A Washington Capitals fan holds a "Lets Go Caps" sign during the fan watch party at Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a  3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: A Washington Capitals fans cheer during the fan watch party at Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a  3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Washington Capitals pack 7th street outside the Capitol One Area on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals head into Game 5 tonight against the Las Vegas Golden Knights with a  3-1 series lead. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
A sea of people watch the outdoor screen at The Bullpen near Nationals Park. (WTOP/Dan Friedell)
Inside Capital One Arena, looking out on the crowd-filled streets. (WTOP/Noah Frank)
This is what dedication looks like. Photo was taken well before 7 p.m. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Some 90 minutes before the puck drops, the crowd was already sizable outside Capital One Arena Thursday evening. (WTOP/Noah Frank)
The view from the Capital One press box around 6 p.m. Thursday (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Meanwhile in Vegas, the fans who traveled are ready as well. (WTOP/Caitlin O'Connor)
These 25-year season ticket holders made the trek to Vegas. (WTOP/Caitlin O'Connor)
Chad Schrock awaits Game 5. (WTOP/Kristi King)
At least one trash can near Capital One Arena was at capacity hours before game time. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Here's looking at you, D.C. Suzanna Canton of Bethesda rocks all the colors. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The view of Seventh and G streets from the 400 level of Capital One Arena. (WTOP/Noah Frank)
The fans hold up a facsimile. They want the real thing. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Fans line up outside a Chinatown bar Thursday afternoon. (Courtesy Cody House)
Fans line up outside a Chinatown bar Thursday afternoon. (Courtesy Cody House)
A good-size crowd was already inside Capital One Arena during the Mystics game, in anticipation of a Game 5 Caps watch party. (WTOP/Noah Frank)
This rally towel available outside Capital One Arena observes all corners of "the DMV." (WTOP/Kristi King)
Rocking the red playoff beard (WTOP/Kristi King)
With Game 5 hours away, Caps fans had their game faces on outside Capital One Arena. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The Liang family wait for the puck to drop outside Capital One Arena on Thursday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The early birds watch the Mystics game before the Caps game comes on. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The early birds watch the Mystics game before the Caps game comes on. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Early birds stake out a good seat before Game 5 Thursday afternoon. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Fans were already setting up on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery Thursday afternoon. (WTOP/Noah Frank)

WASHINGTON — Fans went wild as the Washington Capitals made history and captured the Stanley Cup for the first time ever.

Inside Capital One Area, they screamed. They waved rally towels. They hugged strangers.

WTOP’s Michelle Basch was there at the watch party.

WTOP's Michelle Basch talks with excited fans.

Inside the arena, fans sang “We Are the Champions.”

Outside the arena at the All Caps Watch Party, fans cried. They danced in the streets. WTOP’s Kristi King was there.

WTOP's Kristi King captures the emotion on the street.

Some of those folks stayed out all night on the District’s streets.

WTOP’s John Domen catches up with fans after the street-sweepers wrapped up Friday morning.

WTOP's John Domen on the morning after the win.

Fans are not hesitating to scoop up Stanley Cup gear early Friday.

WTOP's Neal Augenstein is at Modell's in Bethesda.

And the party-planning has started to celebrate the win.

WTOP's Nick Iannelli reports a victory parade is planned.

NBC Washington’s Jackie Bensen took to the energetic D.C. streets following Game 5.

The Capitals are scheduled to arrive at Dulles International Airport Friday afternoon.

Watch the Stanley Cup champions celebrating their victory.

Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue already has an excused late slip written up for the fans who stayed up all night celebrating the big win and who may be a bit late to work Friday morning.


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