Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday plans for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday at the Prudential Tower and end at City Hall Plaza. A map of the route was published by the Boston Globe.
Weather complicated plans for the parade. Boston is under a winter storm warning and could see 10 to 14 inches of snow tonight, along with low temperatures and 10-20 mph winds, according to weather.com at 5:20 p.m ET. Tuesday’s forecast is calling for a high temperature of just 22 degrees, and a temperature of just 15 degrees at the start time of 11 a.m. ET. Traditionally a Boston team’s parade concludes with a rally at City Hall Plaza. Dangerously low temperatures and snow accumulations prevented planning such a rally for the Super Bowl win.
Boston championship teams typically ride on duck boats through the city on Boylston Street and along the Charles River. Walsh indicated roads on the traditional route, even after a heavy snow, would be clear enough for the parade.
“I think people want a parade,” he said at a press conference. “We will make sure the duck boats get through.”
Walsh, a Patriots fan, related the win back to Bostonians.
“That was an incredible victory they had, a hard-fought victory,” he said at a press conference. “And the Patriots certainly showed their determination and teamwork in never giving up. Certainly, that’s the spirit of Boston and New England.”
Walsh advised any Patriot fan who comes to celebrate the victory to dress warmly. Boston fans, however, should know how to handle a parade by now. The city’s four major sports teams have combined for nine championships since 2002. Quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick have now brought four of those championships to New England.