PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) —
The City of Philadelphia has announced new details about the parade on Thursday to honor our Super Bowl Champion Eagles!
Here’s what we know:
DATE: Thursday, February 8
TIME: Expected to begin at 11 a.m. at Broad and Pattison and end around 3 p.m.
ROUTE: The parade will leave from Lincoln Financial Field, past City Hall, then will head to the Art Museum.
CEREMONY: The parade will conclude with a ceremony on the Art Museum steps.
CROWD: Mayor Jim Kenney said attendance could be higher than what we saw for the 2008 Phillies World Series parade, which an estimated 1 million people attended.
WEATHER: AccuWeather says it will be sunny, but windy and cold. The high temperature is expected to be 34 with wind chills in the lower 20’s.
Preparations are already underway. Contractors from south Jersey-based company Vertical Solutions started setting up a generator and equipment on Monday to help strengthen WiFi and cellular signals during the parade.
We can expect something similar from what we saw in 2008 after the Phillies won the World Series. Estimates vary as to how many people came into the city to see that parade, though some of those estimates placed the number at one million people.
The last parade hosted by the city for a victorious team was for the Villanova Wildcats after the men’s basketball team won the NCAA championship in the spring of 2016.
Eagles fans were already making plans. Keri Harvey said her office was already talking about it.
“Yes, we’re making plans now – who’s bringing the cooler, where we’re ordering the food and beverages,” she said.
She wasn’t alone in thinking about what to do on the big day.
“I’ll be here early in the morning and leaving late at night,” said Ethan Osborn.
Officials have been discussing a parade since last week. It will take coordination between city organizations, Philadelphia police, SEPTA, and other transit agencies.
There are still barricades up from Sunday night; they may stay in place for the parade later this week.
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