Duck boats will roll for Patriots parade
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The Boston duck boat celebration for the champion New England Patriots begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday and will follow the traditional route from the Hynes Convention Center, down Boylston Street, around Boston Common to Tremont Street, and then City Hall Plaza, according to Mayor Martin J. Walsh . The parade route will close to traffic around 9 a.m. City officials encouraged sports fans to take public transportation to the festivities.
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This is the region’s 10th professional sports championship since the year 2000, and the first victory parade since 2015 , when the Patriots brought home their sport’s famous championship trophy.
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City officials expect 500,000 to 1 million people to attend the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory celebration in Boston, Walsh said. He suspects that the improbable and dramatic end to the game — with the Patriots scratching back from 25 points down to win in overtime — may attract a crowd on the larger side. The mayor, a longtime devoted Patriots fan, acknowledged at a press conference Monday that he wasn’t thinking about a parade when things looked bleak for the Pats early in the third quarter.
But “once they tied it up I had no doubt we would win the game,” Walsh said. “They had the defense on the ropes.” The victory was “just an incredible, incredible feat” by “the greatest football franchise in history. . . . They made Boston and New England proud.”
The weather may be challenging for fans on Tuesday. The National Weather Service is forecasting gusting wind, snow, and sleet before noon, rain and sleet from noon to 1 p.m., and then just rain, with a high of 38. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent, or just 1 percentage point higher than the Atlanta Falcon’s statistical win probability when they were up by 25 points on Sunday night, according to a Fox Sports analysis.
Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans encouraged fans to dress in warm layers, with waterproof boots and outer shells if possible.
Two years ago, when New England beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, the city was choked by a record-setting snowfall. Fans scaled 7-foot snow piles in some places to watch the parade go by.
The mayor said Monday he is reluctant to delay the parade to avoid Tuesday’s foul weather because players who live outside the region may not be available on a later date.
“A lot of players take off,” Walsh said. “They’ve been playing football now for six or eight months and they leave town Wednesday.”
City officials are discouraging fans from traveling to the parade by car, as if normal daily traffic wasn’t discouraging enough. The MBTA will run at rush-hour levels of service on all lines beginning at around 9 a.m. to accommodate fans. For public safety reasons, Government Center station will close at 9:30 a.m., according to the T, and Blue and Green Line trains will bypass the station. Blue Line connections can be made at the Bowdoin and State stations; Green Line connections can be made at Park Street and Haymarket.
Walsh and Evans said no public drinking or marijuana smoking will be tolerated at the celebration. Also, the mayor asked fans not to climb structures to see the parade, such as statues, electrical boxes, or street lights.
Uniformed Boston police officers will be out in great numbers, Evans said, and undercover officers will mingle with the crowds. He asked fans to avoid bringing backpacks or bags, if possible, and those who do need a bag should not leave it unattended.
Since 2000, the Patriots have won five Super Bowls: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, and 2017; the Red Sox have won three World Series, in 2004, 2007, and 2013; the Celtics won the NBA Finals in 2008; and the Bruins captured the Stanley Cup in 2011.