According to some estimates, more than one million people will attend the New England Patriots victory parade in the city of Boston on Tuesday to celebrate their historic Super Bowl performance.
On Sunday night, the Patriots, led by head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, defeated the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, Georgia by a score of 13 to 3.
While the Super Bowl itself was the lowest scoring game ever, it was New England’s sixth championship win in ten appearances. Brady also became the NFL player with the most Super Bowl wins in the history of the sport.
Reuters reports Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was expecting and bracing for “the biggest turnout you could possibly have” for the victory parade.
A parade of World War Two-era amphibious duck boats will carry players including quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski and cornerback Stephon Gilmore, through the crowds celebrating the team’s 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
Unseasonably warm weather — with a forecast high of 58 Fahrenheit (14.4 Celsius) — is likely to swell crowd sizes at the city’s 12th professional sports championship parade since 2001, Mayor Marty Walsh told reporters on Monday.
“We’re anticipating the biggest turnout you could possibly have when you think about public safety,” Walsh said. He noted that prior championship parades have drawn 500,000 to 1 million fans, with smaller numbers coming in winters like that of the team’s 2015 Super Bowl win when Boston streets got some 9 feet (2.7 m) of snow.
The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) at Boston’s Prudential Tower and roll down Boylston Street to City Hall.
The Patriots are expected to visit the White House as they did in 2017 after their historic 34 to 28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
From SB Nation:
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has called Trump a friend. Coach Bill Belichick wrote a letter to Trump in 2016 that said he hoped the “election results will give the opportunity to make America great again.” A “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted in Brady’s locker —although, the quarterback didn’t attend the White House trip in 2017 due to “personal family matters,” or in 2015 when Barack Obama was still in office.
The Patriots didn’t hesitate to visit the White House when they won Super Bowl 51, and Trump has already said he expects them back again this year. But not every Patriots player made the trip two years ago, and there are already a few members of the team who have said they’re bowing out.
Patriots safety Duron Harmon and defensive backs Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty (who are brothers) previously announced they did not wish to visit the White House under President Trump.
Also from SB Nation:
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Devin McCourty was one of the first to announce he wouldn’t visit the White House after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win in 2017.
“Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House,” McCourty told Time magazine two years ago. “With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.
So it’s not surprising that he isn’t going in 2019 either.
According to the Associated Press, both of the twin brothers who play in the New England secondary have opted against the visit.
Jason McCourty was traded to the Patriots in March 2018 after spending the 2017 season with the Browns and the first eight seasons of his career with the Titans. Super Bowl 53 was his first Super Bowl appearance.