THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES HAVE WON THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!! That’s right. That means a parade down Broad Street for Philly fans that have been waiting patiently for this day to arrive.
But before you take to the streets, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to withstand the weather and massive crowd. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a Super Bowl parade in South Philly.
Know the time: Knowing when the parade starts and finishes is the first crucial piece of information you must obtain. According to an announcement made on Monday by the City of Philadelphia, the Eagles Super Bowl parade will take place on Thursday, Feb. 8 and begin at 10:45 a.m. at the intersection of Pattison Ave. and Broad St., down by the Sports Complex. A ceremony will be held at the end point at 2 p.m.
Know the route: The next piece of information you’ll have to gather is the parade route. Broad Street is always involved, but the starting point and ending are what you want to know. The Eagles Super Bowl parade is scheduled to start at the Sports Complex and end at the Art Museum steps after strolling down Broad Street and through the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Devise a plan: Once you know the route and time of the parade, you can begin to put together a plan that will make your celebration go as smoothly as possible. It’s hard to fully plan for everything considering the amount of people that will be in Philadelphia that day, but if you can lock down a way to get in and out of the city or a place to stay within the city you’ll be very happy you took the time to plan. Also, if you have a specific spot along the parade route that you would like to be at during the festivities, you’ll likely have to plan to arrive super early in order to stake your claim. How early is early? Let’s just say there might have been fans starting to camp out on Broad Street as soon as the big game went final.
Layer up: It is expected to be pretty cold during the Eagles Super Bowl parade, which is to be expected just about anywhere in the country when holding an outdoor event in the beginning of February. With the temperatures expected to be in the 30s but the wind chill making it feel more like the 20s, Eagles fans will want to layer up and use disposable hand and feet heaters if possible in order to stay warm. Be sure to wear a hat, gloves, scarf and long underwear to combat the cold.
Know who to call: While the Eagles Super Bowl parade is intended to be a time for joyous celebration, it can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re not cautious or prepared. Due to the size of the crowd, the number of pick-pocket robberies or lost items such as keys and wallets are likely to increase. It’s important to protect your items as best as possible but also know who to call if disaster strikes. It can be as simple as having the number of a reliable South Philadelphia locksmith in your phone in case you lose your keys and can’t get into your car or home.