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Patriots victory parade is delayed until Wednesday

Crews removed snow from City Hall Plaza.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

The New England Patriots victory parade will be postponed by a day because of weather, according to Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office.

The celebration will now take place Wednesday at 11 a.m.

“Due to today’s bad weather and the worsening forecast for tonight, the New England Patriots and the City of Boston have made the mutual decision to postpone the victory parade,” Walsh said in a statement. “We thank everyone for their flexibility and patience during the planning of this parade and we look forward to celebrating with Patriots fans during better weather on Wednesday.”

The current National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday calls for clouds, highs near 34, a chance of snow showers, and wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour.


The parade route — beginning at the Prudential Center, travelling down Boylston and Tremont streets, and ending at City Hall —will not change.

Walsh had hoped to push forward with the parade quickly because many Patriots players plan to leave the area for the winter soon. The team was expected to arrive in Boston from Arizona Monday night.

But a persistent snowstorm, which left at least 10 new inches in the Boston area in the wake of last week’s historic blizzard, made the logistics too daunting.

Pedestrian safety advocates raised concerns about where all the revelers would stand amid the piles of snow, though many fans diehard fans expressed their intent to salute the team regardless of the weather.

“I’ll definitely come out,” Barry Peskevich, 33, a building engineer from Winthrop, who works downtown, said before the cancelation. “I think a lot of Pats fans will come out because it’s been a good [many] years since they won, so it’s exciting.”


Steve Annear, Michael Levenson, and Eric Moskowitz of the Globe staff contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.