It’s official – Sidney Crosby is bringing Lord Stanley's mug to HRM on his birthday.

As first reported last week in Metro, Crosby will host a Cole Harbour parade with the Stanley Cup on Friday, Aug. 7, the day he turns 22.

“I am very excited to bring the Stanley Cup back to Cole Harbour,” Crosby said in a release. “People from home have been so supportive of me since I was a youngster playing at Cole Harbour Place. I want as many people as possible to be part of this day.”

 

The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Portland Hills bus terminal and head down to Cole Harbour Place.

It’ll be similar to the celebrations that took place two years ago when Joe DiPenta brought the Stanley Cup to Cole Harbour - only bigger.

“We’ve heard numbers of 40,000," said committe chair Paul Mason. "We’re prepared for that. We’ve been working with the RCMP, the Halifax Regional Police, HRM. We’re prepared for those numbers - we’re prepared if it gets bigger."

People will have a chance to get their picture taken with the Cup. But due to the overwhelming demand, a special draw will take place for 87 people to get their picture taken with the Cup and Crosby himself.

Ballots for the draw come with the purchase of a limited edition poster. All proceeds from the sales go to charity through the Sidney Crosby Foundation.

“Any money you spend there is 100 per cent going to charity,” Mason said. “If you bought a hot dog, 100 per cent is going to charity.”

An undetermined band will also be playing at the event. Minor hockey associations will be sending Timbit hockey players to participate in 3-on-3 ground hockey games, with Crosby possibly taking part. He will also have a Q&A session with fans.