Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory parade brings fans out in droves

BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 05: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with Nick Foles
BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 05: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with Nick Foles /

We may never be able to calculate exactly how many people showed up for the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory parade. All we know is a ton of people showed up.

The Philadelphia Eagles‘ Super Bowl victory parade is an event that’s been almost 58 years in the making. Fans young an old, if they’re honest, have all been guilty of having the same thought. ‘I may not live to see the Eagles win a Super Bowl’. That fear evaporated on Sunday, February 4th as the Eagles overcame their underdog status and defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

That victory assured that there would be a victory parade through the streets of downtown Philadelphia. You can’t begin to imagine how long fans have dreamed of that moment. We may never be able to calculate how many people were there.

Millions of Eagles fans descend on ‘The City of Brotherly Love’.

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While most of us were arriving at work or waking up, fans were already starting to make their way towards where the action would be held. CBS Philly released a story on the morning of February 8th stating that when the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series in 2008, attendance at their victory parade may not have exceeded 750,000. They also projected the number of people in attendance at the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory parade may be lower than the 2 million people that they originally projected.

Yeah right.

Fans began showing up at the Eagles victory parade as early as 4 AM EST. Schools are closed. Businesses are closed. Suburban New Jersey rail stations and parking lots closed hours before the 11 AM EST start of the parade as they began to reach capacity.

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2 million people? Not hardly. Philadelphia sports teams have tremendous support, but ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ is a football town. They love football more than any other game. A championship for the Eagles means so much to the Eagles fan base, and as expected this parade has captured the imaginations of millions. Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said it best. This is ‘a parade to end all parades’.

This party may carry on until tomorrow.