For the first time in the team’s history, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl in a nail-biting 41-33 win in Minneapolis, MN, Sunday night. Of course, unless you are living under a rock you already know this. Moments after the clock ran out, marking the end of Super Bowl LII, the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania erupted. Fireworks colored the sky, and a cacophony of cheering and air horns split the silence. In our very own Chester, students and residents alike celebrated in the streets, and a bonfire even broke out in the middle of Glen Terrace. In Philadelphia, Eagles fans poured out onto the streets, celebrating and wreaking havoc.
Due to inclement weather conditions and organizational difficulties, the team’s victorious return was postponed from Tuesday to Thursday. Therefore, the Eagles parade will take place tomorrow, 2/8, starting at 11 a.m. According to 6abc, Mayor Jim Kenney reportedly said that the attendance for the parade “could be higher than what we saw for the 2008 Phillies World Series parade, which an estimated 1 million people attended.” Fox43 states that some expect as many as 2 million attendees. For more detailed information, please check out 6abc.com. Here are the basics:
- On Thursday, the parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Broad and Pattison and terminate at the Art Museum, where a ceremony will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Link to walking map
- 14 jumbotrons will be set up along the parade route, which will be barricaded, so everyone can see the action
- According to SEPTA, the Market Frankford Line and Broad Street Line will be free all day so people can travel to and from the parade route, with service running approx. every 5-7 minutes
- HOWEVER, if you were planning on getting into the city using the regional rail you’ll need a one-day Independence Pass ($10), which are sold out at most stations (including Chester, Swarthmore and Media), though you can check here for availability
- Additionally, only certain stations will be open—it appears that the Swarthmore and Chester stations will be closed, but the Media station will be open for a limited time
- Mayor Kenney expects the parade to be calmer than the night of the Super Bowl win, and warned that “alcoholic beverages will be confiscated”
- However, Bud Light will be settling their bet and giving out beer at multiple taverns along the route to Eagles fans 21 and over
- There will also be 40 food trucks near the Ben Franklin Parkway
If you are planning on going to the parade, dress warmly—the weather is expected to be sunny but cold. If you’d like to sign up for free text alerts, text ReadyEagles to 888-777 for text updates throughout Thursday on city conditions, public safety, transportation, etc. And lastly, if you attend the parade, please stay safe! Be aware of your surroundings and make sure your group stays together, or that you know where everyone is at all times. The city is employing extra security, but by making responsible choices, you can ensure that this is a fun and enjoyable time not only for yourself, but for everyone involved. Go Birds!