BOSTON — Preparations are well under way in Boston to honor the Bruins for their first Stanley Cup since 1972.

Cup in tow, players and coaches will be climbing aboard 18 duck boats for Saturday’s parade that begins at 11 a.m. at TD Garden and winds up at Copley Square.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino prefers to describe the parade as a “rolling rally.” But no matter what it’s called, police expect about one million people to be cheering on the champs.

Fans are strongly urged to take the MBTA, especially if they’re coming into the city from the north. There’ll be detours and lane restrictions on Interstate 93 because of bridge work.

Tributes to the Bruins won’t end on Saturday. The Boston Red Sox will honor the Stanley Cup champs on Sunday before their game at Fenway Park against Milwaukee.