Mystics call a timeout on the party: WNBA champs will get a proper parade this spring

Elena Delle Donne
Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, back center, and others celebrate with the trophy in the locker room after Game 5 of basketball’s WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Your Washington Mystics are WNBA champions. And for many of them, their work’s not done: Many of them still have commitments to play internationally, and have to leave the country soon.

That means pressing the pause button on a proper party for just a few months.

A championship parade has been tentatively set for the spring, around when the Mystics start their 2020-2021 season. The first-time champs and Mayor Muriel Bowser will host the parade and surrounding events capping the celebration.

Still, they were able to get a little partying in on Friday, when they gathered for a rally at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, the site of Thursday night’s 89-78 Game 5 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Fans there cheered the no-doubt-exhausted champs and were able to get their photos taken with the championship trophy.

“Together, let’s make it a D.C. tradition to start our seasons with parades and banners in the rafters,” Bowser said Friday.

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