Parade route | Traveling to the parade | Weather and what to wear | School closures | What to expect | What to bring | Beer | Food | Communications plan | Mind prep
The victory parade is set to unfold Thursday, Feb. 8, at 10:45 a.m., starting at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. The parade will travel north up Broad, pivoting as it reaches the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where it will then continue to its final stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is closing for the parade (despite the staff’s noted Eagles fandom).
For those attending, you can hop on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines for free all day Thursday.
We’ve got all of the details you need to know on how to navigate the celebration, starting with some wise words of advice: Don’t eat the police horse poop, no matter how many of your friends are egging you on.
Parade route and best places to watch
The parade kicks off from Broad Street and Pattison Avenue at 10:45 a.m. The parade will continue north on Broad Street to City Hall, where it will then turn onto Benjamin Franklin Parkway and march to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A celebration will begin at the steps starting at 1 p.m. The sidewalks all along Broad Street will provide prime viewing action, as will those lining the Parkway. Look out for announcements from spots situated along the route, such as the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, to see if you can score an elevated viewpoint from a nearby balcony.
Due to limited parking, icy surfaces and massive crowds, walking or using public transportation is the best way to reach the parade. SEPTA expects to increase service, but plan to head out on the early side if you’re traveling from outside of the city (and we mean really early). You’ll also need to have a weekly or monthly trail pass, senior or disabled fare cards. Single fare rides are already sold out.
One pro tip: Be prepared to wait to get on a train after the parade.
If you are taking Regional Rail, be aware that there will be no service at Suburban Station, University City, or Temple University stations in the city. Your best bets are 30th Street Station and Jefferson Station.
Here are the outlying stations that will have service:
- Airport Line: Eastwick, Terminals A, B, C/D and E/F. Hourly service throughout the day
- Chestnut Hill East Line: Chestnut Hill East and Wyndmoor
- Chestnut Hill West Line: No train service
- Cynwyd Line: No train service
- Fox Chase Line: Fox Chase stations
- Lansdale/Doylestown line: Doylestown, Lansdale, Pennbrook, Ambler, Fort Washington and Jenkintown-Wyncote
- Manayunk/Norristown line: Elm Street, Norristown Transportation Center, Conshohocken
- Media/Elwyn Line: Elwyn, Media and Primos
- Paoli/Thorndale Line: Thorndale, Whitford, Exton, Paoli and Ardmore
- Trenton Line: Trenton, Croydon and Cornwells Heights
- Warminster Line: Warminster and Jenkintown-Wyncote
- West Trenton Line: West Trenton, Woodbourne, Langforne, Philmont and Jenkintown-Wyncote
- Wilmington/Newark Line: Wilmington, Marcus Hook and Ridley Park
The Regional Rail will move people out of the city until 9:30 p.m., when it will shut down service for the night to allow time to prepare for a regular Friday commute.
More information on fares and train travel times can be found on SEPTA’s parade website at Septa.org/Eagles.
Once you’ve arrived in Philly, you can get on the Broad Street Line, which runs north-south along Broad Street, or the Market-Frankford Line, which runs east-west along Market Street until Second Street, where it starts running north and can be picked up at 30th Street Station. Again, the subway will be free Thursday for Eagles revelers. It will run every five to seven minutes The AT&T Station on the Broad Street Line will put you right at the start of the action at Pattison Avenue. The BSL’s Ellsworth-Federal station falls near the middle of the parade.
Here are all the subway stops that will be open during the parade:
- Market-Frankford Line: Frankford Transportation Center, Arrott Transportation Center, Erie-Torresdale, Allegheny, Huntingdon, Girard, 2nd Street, 8th Street, 13th Street, 30th Street, 40th Street, 46th Street, 52nd Street, 60th Street and 69th Street Transportation Center.
- Broad Street Line: Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center, Wyoming, Erie, North Philadelphia, Cecil B. Moore, Girard, Race-Vine, Walnut-Locust, Ellsworth-Federal, Snyder and AT&T.
PATCO will not be selling tickets day of the parade. It plans to eliminate stops at most stations and will have trains heading to Philadelphia only in the morning and back to South Jersey starting in the afternoon. All morning westbound trains will originate at one of the four open South Jersey stations and operate as express trains into Philadelphia. Normal service is expected to resume between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Click here to review all of the PATCO parade adjustments. New Jersey Transit is also adjusting service.
Don’t rely on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft; prices will likely surge. Traffic in the city is likely to be slow-moving near the parade route, with many road closures and parking restrictions in place.
Planning on biking? Take note that the following bike lanes/paths will be inaccessible Thursday:
- Lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- Broad Street
- Streets in the vicinity of the parade route
- Access to the Schuylkill River Trail from the rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Westbound travel on the Schuylkill Travel will terminate at Paine Skate Park
Cyclists are advised to use caution when traveling in the area.
Weather report and what to wear
A rain-snow mix on Wednesday should clear up long before kickoff time Thursday, when forecasters are predicting clear skies and a temperature hovering around 35 degrees with wind chills making it feel more like the 20s. Winds are expected to range between 10 to 20 miles per hour, so definitely don’t leave your Eagles hat and scarf at home. Layer on the greens and dress warm for the 3½-hour outdoor event, and definitely sport your sneakers if you plan to walk the full four-plus-mile route.
The Philadelphia School District and all Philadelphia archdiocesan schools have decided to give kids the day off for parade day. A number of suburban districts have announced closures for Thursday, too. Among them are: Collingswood, Interboro, Oaklyn, Penn-Delco, Ridley, William Penn, and Upper Darby.
What to expect
In addition to another Sunday-night-esque symphony of cheering crowds and honking horns, the parade brings several special festivities for fans to embrace. From Donnie “Bag of Bones” Jones to the-first-ever-to-catch-a-touchdown-pass-quarterback Nick Foles, all of the Eagles players are expected to be in attendance. At the completion of the parade, a ceremony with the new Super Bowl champs will unfold on the steps of the Art Museum. The ceremony is scheduled to take place from 1 to about 2:30 p.m. and will include remarks from Mayor Kenney and Gov. Wolf. There will be 14 Jumbotrons set up along the Parkway from Eakins Oval down to City Hall showing the ceremony. Other notable names to look out for include announcer Al Michaels, who announced on record long before the Super Bowl that he’d be travelling to Philly for the victory parade. Sunday night was the 10th Super Bowl broadcast of Michaels’ 40-year career.
Officials also teased parade surprises:
“There’s a couple of surprises along the parade route that will happen. It will be very visual.” What does that mean, Philadelphia?!
— Jason Laughlin (@jasmlaughlin) February 6, 2018
What to bring
As you prepare for the parade, pretend as if you’re either embarking on a cold camping outing or heading out to a massive, one-day winter music fest. What do those two things have in common? Toilet issues. At the parade, only about 850 portable potties will be available, or about one for every 2,500 anticipated parade-goers. What that means for you: Bring your own toilet paper and plenty of hand sanitizer. You’ll also want to pack a backpack of snacks (surrounding restaurants will be swamped), hand warmers to keep those fingers from freezing against frigid wind temps, a water bottle to stay hydrated, and maybe a stick of Chapstick because, hey, you never know. On the flip side, leave the cooler full of beer at home. Beer will be confiscated on the street by police. Plus, if you really need a brewski, you can score one for free at participating bars (see below.).
Free beer at the parade
Hit up a bar along the parade route to raise a glass, for free, courtesy of Bud Light. Holding true to a pregame promise, Bud Light tweeted out just seconds after the game’s conclusion: “The @Eagles of Philadelphia have emerged victorious! Join us with @LaneJohnson65 and your 21+ friends at taverns along the parade route to raise one of the Kingdom’s favorite light lagers.” Here’s how it works.
The @Eagles of Philadelphia have emerged victorious! Join us with @LaneJohnson65 and your 21+ friends at taverns along the parade route to raise one of the Kingdom’s favorite light lagers. #PhillyPhilly �� #DillyDilly pic.twitter.com/30ptis8xIC
— Bud Light (@budlight) February 5, 2018
With massive crowds, wait times at area restaurants are expected to be long. If you aren’t afraid of lines, you can score food from 40 food trucks that will be stationed near the Parkway. Find 20 food trucks near 21st and Pennsylvania Avenue and another set of 20 food trucks at 20th and Winter Streets by the Franklin Institute.
That’s not all: Head to Di Bruno’s for a free cheese spread with purchase, pick up a very special Super Bowl flavor from Shake Shack, and take advantage of other foodie freebies.
Communication plan for failing cell service
It’s doubtful you’ll be able to live-stream your parade participation to all of your friends missing out at home. When too many phones in the same vicinity are competing against one another for the attention of a cellular network’s antennas, cell service goes out. It’s highly likely that this will happen at the parade, meaning that, even worse than losing access to social media, you won’t be able to call or text those with whom you traveled to the parade. In the event you get separated from your group, be sure to discuss a meeting place in advance. Choose a bar or attraction along the parade route and nail down specifics. For example, if you say, “Let’s meet at City Hall,” identify a highly specific landmark in the area, like the Rothman Institute Ice Skating Rink, where you’ll regroup. When strolling among millions of people, accidental separations can occur, so definitely plan ahead.
Mind prep for the claustrophobic fan
While the weather can’t be predicted with total certainty, the crowd forecast is loud and clear — the city will be packed. Although no official estimate was released by the city when the 2008 Phillies’ World Series victory parade unfolded, media reported attendance at two million people, and it’s not unlikely that the Eagles’ will garner an even larger fan base. If crowds are your nightmare, consider avoiding Center City and the areas near Broad Street from South Philly to City Hall, and tune in from home via 6abc or NBC10. For everyone else, prepare to make some new friends as you bundle up close next to those whose blood also runs green.