Despite what you may think, we have not fallen off the face of the Earth since our last post. While it would not be unreasonable for you to assume that I was buried under a mountain of snow, the sad truth is that I got pulled onto a work assignment that had me working many, many hours (and questioning some life choices, but that’s a story for another day). With no games to recap and a lull in NFL news, Val hasn’t quite known what to do with herself.
Lame excuses, we know, but no worries – we’ve got lots of good content in the pipeline, starting with this recap of the Patriots Super Bowl Victory Parade, which was held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
Sure, it was a workday and the snow mounds were abundant, but that wasn’t going to keep me and thousands of other Pats fans from lining Bolyston and Tremont Streets to cheer for the champs. With temps in the 30s, it was downright balmy outside. I positioned myself near the end of the parade route, across from the Granary Burying Ground and with only about three rows of people in between me and the duck boats, I had a pretty good view of the action.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with how Boston does victory parades, the members of the championship team and their families take a victory lap through downtown Boston on the duck boats. These amphibious vehicles can usually be seen transporting tourists around town, but they are perfect for this type of occasion.
The minutemen and their muskets led the parade, followed by the drumline and the cheerleaders. Next was owner Robert Kraft, who can be seen hoisting the Lombardi trophy in the photo at the top of the post.
One of the biggest cheers went to the coaching duck boat, where I captured an elusive Bill Belichick smile in one of my photos.
Players were separated by position group and signs clearly labeled who was on each vehicle. Most players were on duck boats, but there were a few trucks added to the mix. The media also got its own truck, and the staff were interspersed on vehicles throughout the parade as well.
Obviously all the spectators were capturing the parade on their phones, but many of the players were doing the same. I loved watching what the players saw by checking out their Instagram and Twitter posts after the parade. It’s crazy to think about how social media has changed the way we all partake in these types of events.
Big cheers, including “M.V.P.” chants, greeted cornerback Malcolm Butler, who saluted the crowd in response. Even after all the media attention he got after his game-changing interception, Butler still seemed genuinely awestruck by and appreciative of all the love from the fans. Made me like the kid even more.
It’s a tough call, but if I could have been on any parade vehicle, it would have been the running back one. Sure, WR Julian Edelman was the life of the party on his boat and Gronk was being Gronk on his, but the RBs had the best dance moves. You can’t beat that running back swag. The group makes an appearance in my video below around the 2-minute mark.
(One could also make a strong argument for the quarterback boat. I mean, Brady and Garoppolo – need I say more, ladies? I won’t blame you if you stop the video at the 1:12 mark.)
In the video, you can also hear how good the music was during the parade. There were about three trucks throughout the parade procession that had speaker systems on them and whoever created the playlist did an excellent job. Confetti cannons also added to the ambiance.
As a big fan of pom-poms, can I also say how much I loved seeing the players and coaches embrace this trend with their choice of hats? Such a good look.
Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but they definitely didn’t capture the whole experience, which is why you’re getting the first-ever Snap video. The high-pitched screaming isn’t me (shocking, I know), but I am to blame for the shaky camera. My bad.
Ahhh, such good memories. Let’s do it again sometime.