Philadelphia’s highly anticipated first Super Bowl parade honoring the Eagles’ Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots finally happened Thursday, bringing out fans from across the region.
Whether you were there in the sea of people or watching from the comfort of your own home, we deployed scores of photographers and journalists to document this historic moment in Philadelphia’s football history.
Here’s a recap of what you might have missed:
The Birds went all-out for their post-Super Bowl debut up Broad Street. Take a look at the wild outfits that some pulled out of their closets. Spoiler: Center Jason Kelce is going full-Mummer.
From a nurse admitting, “I wanted to get drunk. I don’t even watch football,” to another fan yelling, “Here come the Patriots!” as trash trucks passed by, here is a compilation of some of the best lines overheard at the parade.
You’re in for a treat — some people started drinking at 5 a.m.
“Could you send about 20 additional officers and ask them to meet me at the Rocky statue?”
And other gems from the day’s scanner chatter.
The city provided only 850 porta potties for Thursday’s massive crowd, leaving fans having to resort to other measures. Gee whiz, this got interesting.
Fans with loved ones who never lived long enough to see this momentous day are bringing them along for the ride. Some are just carrying their ashes, but one fan scattered his grandfather’s cremains on the parade route.
Anticipating a street celebration after the NFC Championship, Philadelphia police resorted to slathering power poles and traffic signals with Crisco to keep fans from climbing up them. And for the Super Bowl celebration, police used hydraulic fluid. Too bad neither solution worked. Here’s a look at what Philadelphia’s finest got on top of during the parade.
Philadelphia police officers are trying to keep their cool, but some just can’t help showing their excitement for the Eagles win.
Doylestown-born artist Pink sang the national anthem before the Super Bowl while Philly’s own Bradley Cooper was spotted cheering the team on in the crowd. Here are the celebrities that showed for the parade or just wanted to give the Eagles a shout-out.
Philadelphia Eagles fans are showing their creative side with some homemade signs used to cheer on Eagles players. They ranged from heartwarming and political to just plain entertaining. There’s something for everyone, really.
Expert crowd counters crunched the numbers and delivered an estimate. A parade with 700,000 fans is smaller than the 2 million that some unofficially anticipated, but the experts who analyzed photos said the crowd got as dense as 5.5 people per square meter, an area as large as a card table.
The trash included a propane grill, plastic lawn chairs, couch cushions, a balaclava, a shopping tote, a roll of toilet paper, a tarp and much, much more. But South Broad Street was mostly clean by early evening.
The Philadelphia woman who cuts Kelce’s hair is married to a mummer, so he asked her. But it wasn’t easy for them to find a suit big enough for him.
Sports columnist Marcus Hayes says Kelce, who strutted up Broad Street in an Mummer’s outfit, was “100 percent Philly.”
“Kelce’s instant classic, his Art Museum Address, resonated with Philadelphians because it was just like them,” Hayes writes. “And just like him. Passionate. Genuine.”
Want to experience Kelce’s now moment on stage again? Here it is — minus the curse words.
Posters, buttons, pins, hats, mini Lombardi trophies, and bootleg T-shirts were all for sale. And hand warmers, too.
Photos and quotes from people who really love the Eagles and wore funny outfits to prove it.
Eagles-themed manicures. Stilts. Wigs. Fur suits. We saw it all.
Bars had long lines, Bud Light gave out tokens for free beer, the Parkway turned into a giant dance party, and Lane Johnson was supposed to make an appearance at Chickie’s and Pete’s in South Philly.
People waited in long lines. But SEPTA and PATCO managed to get people to and from the parade.
There was one stabbing on the Ben Franklin Parkway Thursday morning that left a man in critical condition. Otherwise, the day was largely routine work for the police.
“If another championship ensues, at a much closer interval than 57 years, will anybody want to camp in the mud, or stand more than eight hours in the cold, to see it celebrated?” sports writer Les Bowen asks.
Our wrap-up story on the whole event.
Our photographers captured the day. Scroll through the highlights here.