Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Parade Update: They're on the move

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. Over at City Hall, the frantic crowds stretch for blocks. While things mostly seem calm, there is plenty of beer drinking and pot smoking going on, so cops will have to keep an eye on the mood. It also looks like lots of fans plan to follow the parade down to the stadiums, so that will be a crazy scene too.

Parade Update: They're on the move

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.

Over at City Hall, the frantic crowds stretch for blocks. While things mostly seem calm, there is plenty of beer drinking and pot smoking going on, so cops will have to keep an eye on the mood. It also looks like lots of fans plan to follow the parade down to the stadiums, so that will be a crazy scene too.

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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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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@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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