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 New England Patriots winning Super Bowl 53.
Several high schools reported higher-than-normal absences as students played hooky to see their team roll by on duck boats, and the MBTA’s commuter rail couldn’t handle the amount of people trying to get into the city. In fact, the commuter rail system saw its highest ridership ever Tuesday morning, Keolis officials said.
“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,” officials said.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said Monday that he expected more than 1 million people to watch the parade. Officials declined to provide exact crowd numbers once the event was over — there were hundreds of thousands of people, at the very least — but they did say it was probably one of the biggest ever.
(UPDATE: As of Monday night, Boston police estimated that 1.5 million fans came out to watch the parade.)
Here are photos that show just how many people lined the streets of Boston on Tuesday.
Travis Andersen of the Globe staff contributed to this report.