The New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory parade, originally planned for Tuesday in Boston, will be delayed until Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET, according to Mayor Marty Walsh. Inclement winter weather forced the postponement.
“Due to today’s bad weather and the worsening forecast tonight, the New England Patriots and the city of Boston have made the mutual decision to postpone the victory parade until Wednesday,” Walsh said in a statement.
Boston got dumped with 16.2 inches of snow Monday and 40.5 inches over the past week, according to weather.com. Tuesday’s temperatures were in the low teens with 8-10 mph winds. The combination of accumulated snow, bitter cold and wind forced the parade date to be moved. Wednesday’s forecast calls for a milder high temperature of 36 degrees, morning flurries and about 11 mph winds.
“We thank everyone for their flexibility and patience during the planning of this parade and we look forward to celebrating with Patriots fans during better weather,” Walsh said.
The parade route will not be changed. It will be begin at the Prudential Tower and end at City Hall Plaza. Boston championship teams traditionally ride on duck boats through the city on Boylston Street and along the Charles River. A map of the route was published by the Boston Globe.
There have also been concerns about standing space for parade attendees, due to the snow piles.
Boston’s four major sports teams have combined for nine championships since 2002, so Bostonians have grown accustomed to parades. Four of the nine championships were won by the Patriots.
The Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday, 28-24.