Mayor Nutter had strong words today for Phillies fans planning on attending tomorrow’s parade.
“You can be joyous, you cannot be a jackass,” Nutter said today at a press conference to detail parade plans.
Nutter is hoping to avoid a repeat of some of last night's victory celebrations. While most of the festivities were calm, along Broad Street some fans smashed bottles, overturned cars and set small fires.
"There were, in proportion, a very small number of people who engaged in inappropriate actions," Nutter said.
The parade – the city’s first to celebrate a major sports win in 25 years – will kick off tomorrow at noon at 20th and Market streets. From there it will continue to City Hall and then head south to Citizens Bank Park, concluding with rallies at the ballpark and at Lincoln Financial Field. Officials said as many as a million people could attend.
Nutter said the city was seeking corporate sponsors to help defray parade costs, like police overtime. The long list includes Comcast, Independence Blue Cross, Toyota, Philadelphia Media Holdings and TastyCake.
“The city needs to cover as much of the costs as possible,” Nutter said.
Nutter did not put a price tag on the parade costs. He could not say exactly how much the sponsors had pledged, but said it was hundreds of thousands.
If you want to attend the festivities in Citizens Bank Park tomorrow, the Phillies are issuing free tickets for the event. The tickets will first be offered to season ticket-holders, but at 3 p.m. today, the remainder will available at www.phillies.com.
Lincoln Financial Field will also be opened for fans. While the main event will be in the ballpark, officials said the players will briefly appear at the Linc. Once all the Citizens Bank tickets are gone, fans can start reserving tickets at the football stadium.
Officials urged people to take public transit tomorrow, but stressed that the system will likely be overwhelmed.
“The capacity of the system could very well be overwhelmed at peak periods,” said Deputy Mayor for Transportation Rina Cutler. “Patience is going to be critical and quite frankly so is common sense.”
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said there would be a strong police presence in the streets tomorrow. He said 76 people were arrested last night for mayhem during the post-Phillies celebration.