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Eagles set for Thursday parade

Published:Wednesday | February 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie with the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Monday, a day after they defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl 52.


An estimated two million people, celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles' long-awaited first Super Bowl win, will descend on the city Thursday as the Vince Lombardi Trophy is paraded through five miles of jubilant fans.

Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney called on them to celebrate with passion and pride and warned the small "knucklehead contingent" that caused trouble after Sunday's 41-33 win over the New England Patriots to stay away.




Officials revealed plans for the parade yesterday, saying fans should expect some dramatic surprises, jumbotrons, free subway rides and 850 portable toilets.

Fourteen jumbotron screens will dot the route to ensure that revellers don't miss any of the festivities. Revellers will be entitled to one free Bud Light at about two dozen bars as the beer maker comes through on a promise made to Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson before the season.

Kenney said he expects tomorrow morning's parade crowd to be calmer than the one that included some people who shattered storefront windows, overturned a car, ate horse faeces, collapsed a hotel's awning, hit the city's police commissioner in the head with a beer bottle, toppled light poles, and set off fireworks after the Eagles' win on Sunday night.

He called that small group of troublemakers "the knucklehead contingent" and told them to stay home.