Super Bowl Parade Transportation and Safety Tips
The Philadelphia Eagles made history on Sunday night after clenching their first Super Bowl title against the New England Patriots. To celebrate and honor the team’s success, Philadelphia is hosting a parade on Thursday, February 8th beginning at 11:00am at Broad and Pattison and ending with a ceremony at the Art Museum. An estimated 1 million proud, excited fans will be in attendance, which is higher than the attendance rate in 2008 when the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series.
To prepare for the big day, dozens of street closures and parking restrictions will go into effect. The parking restrictions will go into effect at 6:00pm on Wednesday, February 7th and continue until the late evening on Thursday, February 8th. Philadelphia police will not be enforcing the meter and time limit regulations on parking spots outside of the designated restricted zones, but they will be strictly enforcing safety violations such as parking too close to the corner or to fire hydrants, blocking crosswalks, and double parking.
Bicycle lanes will also be closed along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Broad Street, and other streets in that vicinity. Cyclists are advised to use extra caution when traveling on Thursday.
In addition, PATCO will be running only westbound express transit starting at 6:00am. They will only stop in Philadelphia at 9th/10th and Locust Streets, and will only be selling and accepting round trip tickets; no one-way tickets will be accepted. Septa’s Broad Street line and Market-Frankford line will offer free rides.
If you are attending this monumental parade, some safety tips include making travel plans well in advance, identifying a meeting point in the event you get separated from your group, and dress warm. The City of Philadelphia is encouraging everyone planning on attending to sign up for text alerts by subscribing to ReadyPhiladelphia by texting “ReadyEagles” to 888-777.
By Shauna Friedman