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."
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 were sitting in trees by 8 a.m. Others stood on roofs, scaled statues, or came prepared with their own ladders.
Police officers tried their best to keep people on the ground. Chatter on police scanners began early with reports of people climbing things.
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.
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.
Some climbers may have felt a little claustrophobic — but maybe huddling together on a roof kept them warm.
Some climbed in costume.
Civil War soldiers at a memorial wall along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway were used as footholds.
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.