Thursday’s parade will start at 11 a.m. at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue and head north toward the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where a ceremony will be held on the museum steps at 1 p.m. Attendees should note that standing atop the awning in front of the Ritz-Carlton is no longer a viable spot to observe the festivities. On Tuesday, organizers announced that there will be 14 Jumbotrons and a sound system along the parade route, which will be barricaded. Independence Blue Cross is sponsoring free SEPTA rides all day Thursday on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines.
“The entire nation will be watching our Super Bowl celebration; let’s show them what Philly pride is really all about,” Kenney said at Tuesday’s news conference.
Philadelphia school system superintendent William Hite announced Monday that all School District of Philadelphia schools will be closed Thursday for the parade.
“The excitement of the Eagles’ first Super Bowl victory is a once in a lifetime event,” Hite said in a statement. “For this reason, we have decided to give our students, teachers and their families the chance to witness history. All School District of Philadelphia schools and administrative offices will be closed this Thursday, February 8, 2018. On behalf of the students and staff of the School District of Philadelphia, thank you to everyone associated with the Eagles for the difference you make in our schools. You have been a stellar example for Philadelphia’s students and we really appreciate your steadfast commitment to education.”
Thursday’s celebration will be Philadelphia’s second sports-related parade in three years. In April 2016, the city feted the Villanova Wildcats after they captured the NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship. Philadelphia’s last professional team in one of the four major sports to win a title before Sunday was the Phillies, who were World Series champions in 2008.
The adult beverages will be flowing along the parade route Thursday, with fans 21 and over eligible for a free beer courtesy of Bud Light. Back in July, Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson — who was suspended 10 games in 2016 for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy — promised to provide beer for everyone if Philadelphia ever won the Lombardi Trophy.
“I have a lot to prove to this city,” Johnson said. “I think if we have a few big years and make the playoffs, if we win a Super Bowl, I’m giving out beer to everybody.”
A few days later, Bud Light reached out to Johnson on Twitter and offered to pick up his tab.
On Monday, Bud Light tweeted that it will indeed offer free beer to fans at bars along the parade route. Philly! Philly!
Kenney said he expects Thursday’s parade to be “a different tenor” and more family-friendly than Sunday’s celebration in the streets.
“The small number of knuckleheads should stay home,” Kenney said of the people who flipped cars, set fires and damaged property on Sunday night. “Every city that’s gone through this, that’s had this celebration, there’s always somebody, some element of people who do this. There were literally tens of thousands of people in the street and the knucklehead contingent was extremely small.”
Early weather forecasts for Thursday predicted a chilly but sunny day, with temperatures in the 30s.
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