Here's what Eagles fans climbed during the Super Bowl parade

Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer

Updated: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 2:24 PM

Eagles fans climbed the Jumbotron TV at City Hall to get a better vantage point on the team's Super Bowl victory parade.

Philadelphians made national headlines for climbing street poles — many of them liberally greased — to celebrate their team making it to the Super Bowl. They scaled traffic lights and collapsed awnings Sunday night when the Eagles beat the Patriots and became national champions.

If Crisco and hydraulic fluid couldn’t stop fans from scaling poles to celebrate those wins, of course they also climbed things to get a glimpse of Thursday’s parade. From trash trucks to porta potties, nothing seemed off limits to get a good view.

And once they climbed, they danced. A crowd on top of a garbage truck rocked out to “Jump On It.”

How do you do the ‘jump on it’ song on a garbage truck? Carefully. Also I love this.

— Julia Terruso (@JuliaTerruso) February 8, 2018

Porta potties were popular perches of choice. One fan even felt the urge to get some exercise once he got up there. He ran across a row of them, the roof of each sinking around his foot as he went. (There were not reports of what it felt like to be using the toilet inside as this happened.)

People are running on top of porta potties at the Eagles parade

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 8, 2018

People were sitting in trees by 8 a.m. Others stood on roofs, scaled statues, or came prepared with their own ladders.

Good vantage point. Birds nest???

— Andrew Seidman (@AndrewSeidman) February 8, 2018

Police officers tried their best to keep people on the ground. Chatter on police scanners began early with reports of people climbing things.

#EaglesParade scanner traffic:

8:41 a.m.: You said Broad and Ritner on top of the church, there’s 15 people?
8:42 a.m.: That’s the church. That’s the minister from the church.
8:44 a.m. Tell that minister to get them off that roof there.

— Tricia L. Nadolny (@TriciaNadolny) February 8, 2018

By 9:53 a.m., an officer said over the scanner, “they’re going to have to babysit this building. there’s no way they’re going to keep them from going up there.”

And from there it did not seem to stop.

“We’ve got scaffolding at Broad and Spruce, people are climbing on it,” someone said across the scanner at 10:38 a.m.

At 10:44 a.m., the scanner reported “about 50 people on a blocked-in vehicle at 18th and Race.”

“Get people off the TruMark Bank” at Broad and Passyunk, someone said across the radio at 10:45 a.m.

By 10:48, the radio call was for people on a street sweeper at Broad and Oregon. A minute later, a report came of people on top of a rec center on Spring Garden — “again,” the officer said.

“They’re climbing on the roof and it appears to be collapsing,” an officer said at 10:56 a.m.

Fans stand on a truck carrying a jumbotron outside City Hall during the Eagles Super Bowl parade.

Jesse Greenberg, a painter from Kensington, had been planning his climb for days. He parked his van in a prime location earlier this week to get ready to tailgate for the parade. And he brought his own ladder.

Jesse Greenberg, a painter from Kensignton, parked his van two days ago on parkway to get a spot for parade. He and Eddie Delmoran are tailgating on his painting ladder with a great view of #EaglesParade crowd #PhillyPhilly

— Claudia Vargas (@InqCVargas) February 8, 2018

Some climbers may have felt a little claustrophobic — but maybe huddling together on a roof kept them warm.

I hope that’s a sturdy roof #eaglesparade

— Claudia Vargas (@InqCVargas) February 8, 2018

Some climbed in costume.

"A majestic bald eagle has landed near the Art Museum awaiting the arrival of… wait, sorry, it's just a drunk fan in an eagle costume."

— Jeff Lyons (@usedwigs) February 8, 2018

Civil War soldiers at a memorial wall along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway were used as footholds.

Eagles fans climb the Civil War soldiers and sailors memorial on the parkway. #FlyEaglesFly #EaglesParade #SuperBowlParade

— Bill Fraser (@BFraserPhotoJ) February 8, 2018

But climbers were also helpers. At a Broad and Walnut, fans gave each other a hand up and down from a newsstand.

That was all before the parade even began. And it did not end.

If it can be climbed people are climbing it at #EaglesParade

— Maddie Hanna (@maddiehanna) February 8, 2018

Staff writer Tricia L. Nadolny contributed to this report.

Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer

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