Eagles Super Bowl victory parade could attract millions
Philadelphia is gearing up for massive attendance at the Eagles' Super Bowl victory parade this Thursday.
The Eagles victory parade celebrating their Super Bowl LII victory over the Patriots will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, and will follow a path running up Broad Street and through Center City Philadelphia.
Mayor Jim Kenney said on WIP Sports radio that due to a cold weather forecast the victory parade was pushed back a day from the planned Wednesday date. On Monday, the city confirmed the new date.
"The parade will tentatively start at 11am at Broad and Pattison, heading north to the Art Museum," the mayor's office said. Further details were expected to be released early Tuesday.
Basically all of Center City Philadelphia is expected to turn into one massive Eagles party, with a parade route expected to begin with an event welcoming the Super Bowl champions back to Philadelphia near Lincoln Financial Field.
From there, the team would be paraded up Broad Street, around Philadelphia City Hall and up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Art Museum, where the team will be honored and celebrated at another ceremony.
Even players who couldn't play in he big game due to injuries, like quarterback Carson Wentz, are expected to attend.
Center City is likely to be jammed, with some estimates suggesting up to three million Eagles fans from the Philadelphia region, plus Delaware and South Jersey, could attend the parade.
It's sure to be a boisterous celebration, and security may be even higher after the antics of Eagles' fans after the Super Bowl got national attention. At least three arrests were reported and multiple Center City structures were vandalized, including the Macy's and Ritz-Carlton hotels. While the majority of fans were nonviolent, some have pointed out that the crowd caused more destruction than any Black Lives Matter protest in Philly has, but did not attract the same level of law enforcement response.
However, most Eagles fans were overjoyed by the Eagles' rise from underdogs to win the Super Bowl and were generally peaceful. RELATED: See Metro's photos of fans taking to the streets here.
But reports from Philly police tracking the fans' movements went viral after the Super Bowl, with the #Phillyscanner hashtag used for some of the craziest reports out of the celebration. RELATED: Read the craziest Phillyscanner tweets here.
Check back with MetroPhilly.us for updates as more official details come in.