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Archive: October, 2008

POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2008, 5:39 PM
From Chris down at Citizens Bank Park:

Chase Utley stepped up to the mike and said: "World champions. World f------ champions!"

Mayor Nutter said the crowd estimate is about 2 million but the city is reviewing video and aerial photos and may revise.

POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2008, 4:58 PM
The parade-related transit problems aren’t over, not by a long-shot. We just spoke to Deputy Mayor for Transportation Rina Cutler, who said she’s expecting a long night of clogged highways and delayed trains.

“The system was just never anticipated to try to move millions of people in the course of the day,” Cutler said, predicting tough travel conditions for several more hours.

The festivities at Citizens Bank Park are just wrapping up, which means roughly a 100,000 people will have to be moved out of South Philly.

POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2008, 2:22 PM
This morning Erin Avon, 31, her husband and their 10-month-old son went to the Wynnewood train station to take public transit to the Phillies Parade – just as the city advised yesterday.

After three full trains passed by, they got fed up.

“So we got in the car,” Avon said. “We had no issue driving in and parking.”

POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2008, 2:17 PM
According to Chris, the parade has ground to a halt at Broad and Oregon streets because the crowd has moved into the street front of the floats with the coaches and players.

Now cops are trying regain control. Police on horseback are trying to push the crowd back.

POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2008, 1:41 PM
On CBS-3, we just saw a couple get engaged at the parade, down at Broad and Washington. And now they can celebrate with a million plus people!
POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2008, 1:18 PM
Chris reports that fans are lined up a block deep on the side streets off Broad and Market. Many fans are running south on 13th and 15th streets and then toward Broad, keeping pace as the parade moves south. And we can see on TV that after the parade goes by, many fans are just spilling into the street and following the procession.

Fans are climbing anything they can for a better view -- trees and news stands and bus stops.  At Broad and Carpenter two young men clung to tree branches while teetering on top of a chain link fence.

This party is going to go on for a long time...

POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2008, 1:03 PM
Parades are educational right? Although most area schools are open today, we saw a lot of kids out enjoying the parade.

David and Rene McKeighan, of West Chester, brought their ten-year-old son Kevin.

"We called him in sick today with Phillies fever," Rene said.

POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2008, 12:52 PM
Forget Disney, Philly may actually be the happiest place on earth right now. Massive roars of joy are rippling across the city as the Phillies parade rolls through the streets. Red, white and blue confetti fills the air.

According to Chris Brennan, who is riding the media bus in the parade, there are eight floats, with the Phanatic, ball girls and broadcasters first, followed by the World Series trophy, then three floats for players and the Phillies staff. Pat Burrell is riding atop a Budweiser wagon hauled by eight Clydesdale horses.

The parade couldn't kick off right at noon, because the start point was so choked by fans. Cops frantically worked to clear the course. But they did eventually take off and started rolling past City Hall at about 12:30 p.m.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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