10 moments from the Patriots parade you’ll want to see
New England is getting spoiled: Tuesday’s Patriots victory parade was the region’s sixth of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady dynasty, and throngs of fans lined the streets as temperatures reached 65 degrees.
If you were stuck at work or school and couldn’t enjoy the festivities, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Here were some of the most interesting moments from the day.
1. Tom Brady was being the sweetest
The legendary Patriots quarterback could be seen talking to his daughter and the other kids in his duck boat throughout the parade, Globe reporter Steve Annear says.
He was also tossing footballs and toilet paper, and holding up six fingers to symbolize the number of Lombardi Trophies he’s helped win for the Patriots.
2. Rob Gronkowski is all grown up and drinking (very expensive) wine. . .
Gronk, the Patriots’ favorite party boy, was seen sipping from a 2014 bottle of Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon — which retails on some websites for $500, and $600 directly from the company.
. . . . But he’s still the same old Gronk.
Gronk might have been sipping a classier drink this year, but that didn’t stop him from getting shirtless again.
...Or cuddling a stuffed goat.
...Or wearing a poncho.
3. Gronk wasn’t the only Patriot to go shirtless
The tight end wasn’t the only Patriot living it up on the unseasonably warm February day. Center Dave Andrews was apparently having a blast while perched atop a flatbed truck, wearing sunglasses and lacking a shirt while catching some sun and waving to fans.
At one point, Andrews picked up a stuffed goat that had been passed around among players (the goat, at least, was wearing a shirt). Another time, he pulled in his teammates to pose for a photo, a beverage in each hand.
4. Bill Belichick actually cracked a smile
The storied head coach — known for his normally grumpy mien — actually seemed very excited to be celebrating, and at one point even held up six fingers to note the amount of Lombardi trophies he’s helped bring back to New England.
5. Bob Kraft showed off a necklace he got from Meek Mill
Before the team’s Super Bowl LIII victory parade Tuesday morning, the 77-year-old billionaire showed off a chain necklace he received from rapper and close friend Meek Mill.
“When we won, [Mill] gave it to me as a present,” Kraft told WBZ’s Levan Reid.
The diamond “Championships” necklace is reportedly named “Dreamchaser,” an apparent reference to Mill’s 2011 mixtape of the same name.
The 31-year-old rapper became friends with Kraft after the Patriots owner visited him in prison in 2011.
6. Has Julian Edelman even slept yet?
After winning Super Bowl MVP, the star receiver acknowledged that preparing for the game was exhausting: ‘‘I’m emotionally pooped. I’m physically and emotionally pooped.’’
But then he pulled an all-nighter to celebrate the Patriots’ win, and made several video appearances and spoke at a press conference Monday morning. He then went to Disney World Monday afternoon with Brady before jetting back to Boston for the parade this morning, which started at 11 a.m.
That didn’t stop him from getting the crowd pumped up, though.
7. Patriots fans helped push an ambulance stuck in the mud on Boston Common
During the Patriots parade Tuesday, more than a dozen fans banded together to help push an ambulance that was stuck in the mud on Boston Common.
A video uploaded to Instagram by Christopher Marino shows an aerial view of several people decked out in Patriots gear flocking to the back and sides of the ambulance to help. Once the ambulance reached pavement, those surrounding it threw their hands in the air and rejoiced.
8. This was one of the biggest Boston parade crowds ever
With Tom Brady growing older and the temperature reaching a balmy 65 degrees, one of the biggest crowds ever flocked to Boston on Tuesday to celebrate the Patriots.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said Monday that he expected more than 1 million people to watch the parade. Officials said Tuesday night that an estimated 1.5 million people watched the parade, and earlier said it was probably one of the biggest ever.
9. The MBTA commuter rail said Tuesday was the system’s highest ridership ever
The MBTA commuter rail system saw its highest ridership ever Tuesday morning, according to officials from Keolis, the company that operates the system.
“We are seeing extraordinary ridership levels across the entire network, notably higher than seen for previous parades and almost certainly the highest ridership ever seen on the network,” Keolis officials said in a statement Tuesday morning.
The commuter rail was so full, many trains before the parade had to run past several stations without picking up any more passengers because they were at capacity.
Once the parade ended, there was also a long line outside North Station.
10. Some kids called in ‘sick’
Several high schools reported higher-than-normal absences as students played hooky to see their team roll by on duck boats.
When asked whether Needham High School was seeing a lot of absent students today, Leslie Ofer, a secretary for the school, laughed.
“Yeah, a lot, a lot, a lot,” Ofer said. “[Attendance counts] are not set yet, but [absences] are significantly higher than usual.”
Steve Annear and Christina Prignano of the Globe staff and Nik DeCosta-Klipa of Boston.com contributed to this report.