Going to Philly for Thursday’s Super Bowl victory parade? Here are more details
PHILADELPHIA — If you’re traveling to Philly for the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory parade on Thursday, get ready for some surprises — and a lot of company, city officials say.
Parade organizers released more details about the event at a press conference Tuesday morning, according to billypenn.com.
Here’s what we know so far:
Parade Route and Timeline:
- The parade will begin at approximately 11 a.m. at Lincoln Financial Field on Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. It will travel north on Broad through the city, wind around City Hall, and travel up the Ben Franklin Parkway to its endpoint at the Philadelphia Art Museum, where the final celebrations will be held at the foot of the Art Museum steps at Eakins Oval. The final ceremony is scheduled to begin around 1 p.m, and is expected to last about two hours.
- The final ceremony “will be dramatic,” organizers said, but no other details were offered.
Along the route:
- Organizers say there will be 14 jumbotrons with sound set up along the parade route, billypenn.com reports. The entire route will be barricaded to assist with crowd control, according to Philadelphia police.
- 40 food trucks will be set up in the vicinity of the Ben Franklin Parkway, organizers say.
- Libations will be provided by Bud Light, which is settling a bet made with Eagles tackle Lane Johnson during the season. Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch has said reps will be giving out beer at “multiple taverns” along the route to thirsty paradegoers age 21 and over. (Dilly Dilly!)
- Sorry, folks. Parade attendees planning to carry their own brews around in backpacks are warned police and security officers will take any illicit beverages they spot, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney told billypenn.com at the press conference.
- Some organizers are expecting a crowd as large as 2 million along the parade route, so if you’re going, you certainly won’t be alone. If those estimates are accurate, the crowd will dwarf that of the parade for the 2008 Phillies World Series celebration — and of the Pope’s visit in 2015.
Getting around Philly:
- According to SEPTA, the Broad Street Line and the Market-Frankford Line is free all day, thanks to an assist from sponsor Independence Blue Cross.
Getting there in the first place:
- If you were planning to take the train into Philly, you’re probably out of luck if you don’t have a ticket already. A spokesperson for Amtrak said Tuesday afternoon that Amtrak has increased capacity on the Keystone Service and Pennsylvanian lines, but those trains will require reservations. Most trains between Harrisburg and Philadelphia are sold out before noon and for return trips in the afternoon and evening.
- If you’re driving, plan on hitting traffic along all the major routes to Philly. Earlier than normal departures are recommended.
- If at all possible, visitors should not drive into Center City, organizers say. The city encourages drivers to park in off-street lots and garages along the Parkway, Broad Street, or near the stadium complex if they do elect to drive into town. The Philadelphia Parking Authority also has a list of garages online. If visitors must drive, they should contact individual parking facilities for rates and availability ahead of time.
- There will be no enforcement of meter and time limit regulations on the day of the parade. Safety violations such as parking too close to the corner, fire hydrants, blocking crosswalks, and double parking will be enforced, according to the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
- There will be significant travel delays on roadways and street closures immediately before, during, and after the Eagles Parade, officials say.
Public Safety Information:
- For the most updated information on transit, public safety, and other news relating to the Eagles Parade, visitors can sign up for ReadyPhiladelphia alerts from the city’s Office of Emergency Management by texting “ReadyEagles” to 888-777.
- Visitors should not leave bags unattended and immediately contact police if they notice an unattended bag.
- They should have a plan regarding travel and supervision of children.
- They should have a plan in case they become separated from their parties, including identifying meeting places in case of separation.
- They should ensure that their children have contact information for their parents or guardians on their person.
How to watch from home:
- If getting there and dealing with the crowds isn’t your idea of a good time, fear not: there will be ample TV coverage. NBC 10 and NBC Sports Philadelphia will have live coverage of the parade and the final ceremony, as will the NFL Network.