Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Victory Parade

 

This is a change-of-pace blog entry. It doesn’t contain much about writing, just a little bit of practice talking about a day of real fun in Philadelphia, the day of the parade celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles’ unlikely run to the Superbowl and their unexpected but exciting win over the Boston Patriots. It was a great day for Philadelphia and its institutions in many ways.

 

The parade was a lot of fun to watch. The weather was cold, but sunny and very clear. The estimates of the audience ranged from 700,000 to 3,000,000 as fans were lined up all along Broad Street and particularly at the Art Museum and Parkway area. The city looked great, Septa did a wonderful job arranging transportation in and out of the city, and the police were very visible but provided a very friendly but effective level of security. Apparently there were few security incidents in spite of the free beer offered by Budweiser. It looks as if a good time was had by all and the parade will be remembered in Philadelphia for a very long time. Some photos of the parade from the Philly.com website are shown below. This is why there are professional photographers. The first picture shows the parade passing Logan Circle just before it got to the Art Museum, which was the parade’s final stop. The second picture shows the parade as it was arriving at the Art Museum.

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The highlight of the parade turned-out to be a profanity-laced speech on the Art Museum steps by Jason Kelce, the Eagles’ center. He added to the festivities by participating in the parade wearing green mummers gear that he borrowed from one of the Mummers’ the night before the parade.¬† I wound up looking at the speech several times, and found it sincere and passionate. Jason Kelce will now be a permanent part of Philadelphia lore. A link to the entire uncensored speech is found below:

https://youtu.be/DhIFNxEz1qc

A picture of Kelce in his Mummers’ garb is shown below:

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