After the Washington Mystics reigned supreme over the rest of the WNBA at the conclusion of the 2019 season, its championship was only recognized with a celebration at DC Entertainment and Sports Arena given how many Mystics players were due to head overseas following the season.
A few days prior to the start of the 2020 season, the Nation’s Capital will honor the Mystics with a more formal parade with the full litany of Washington’s squad having returned from their overseas campaigns.
— WUSA9 Sports (@WUSA9sports) March 8, 2020
The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. at the National Museum of Women and conclude at Capital One Arena. Four days later, the Mystics will have a pregame block party at DC Entertainment and Sports Arena prior to the team’s season-opening contest with the Los Angeles Sparks, when Washington will receive its championship rings and raise a banner commemorating the team’s 2019 championship.
🚨 𝗦𝗔𝗩𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘 🚨
The Championship Parade you’ve been waiting for! 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟭𝟮𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝘁 𝟭𝟭𝗮𝗺. See you there!
— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) March 8, 2020
We will start our Mystics celebration with a parade, then a block party and a banner raising, and then we all know what we need to do – run it back!
–Muriel Bowser, Washington D.C. mayor (via release)
This celebration will be something that elevates and unites our community. We want to create something special as a way to say thank you to our fans and to demonstrate to the world why we are the District of Champions.
–Ted Leonsis, CEO and Chairman, Monumental Sports & Entertainment (via release)
When the Mystics do receive their rings, Kristi Toliver will receive hers wearing purple and gold Sparks colors. Toliver was one of the first major free agent signings when said period began on Feb. 10.