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Super Bowl parade set for Wednesday

Duck boats in storage

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After a day’s delay thanks to Mother Nature, the Super Bowl victory parade is here.

The parade, originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, is slated to kick off at the Prudential Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

A storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the city and brought frigid temperatures to Boston forced the city to delay the celebration by one day. The bad weather also ended up crippling the city’s public transit system.

Members of the New England Patriots will be in a 25-duck boat procession through the heart of the city. The Pats won their first Super Bowl in 10 seasons — and fourth overall — Sunday night, defeating the Seattle Seahawks in dramatic fashion 28-24.

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The parade will start near the Pru and proceed down Boylston Street, past Copley Square and the Public Garden, before turning right on Tremont Street at the Boston Common. The parade will continue onto Tremont Street and swing onto Cambridge Street. It will end at City Hall Plaza.

The parade is expected to last between an hour and an hour-and-a-half. There will be no victory rally at City Hall because of the snow and freezing temperatures, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said earlier this week.

Citing the recent spate of bad weather, Walsh could not give an estimate in terms of how many people he expected to show for the celebration.

Boston championship rallies within the last 15 years have drawn crowds in the millions. In 2004, after the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years, an estimated 3 million people — which is more than 40 percent of the state’s population — showed for the celebration. In 2011, when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, an estimated 1 million revelers lined the route. Those parades, however, were in the fall and summer, respectively.

The Patriots players will be bussed in from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to near the Hynes Convention Center, where they will board the duck boats – the amphibious vehicles often seen taking tourists on tours of the city that have become synonymous with championship processions in recent years. At the end of the parade, the players will board buses near City Hall and be taken back to Foxborough.

 
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