BOSTON (WPRI) — Cheers, music, confetti and the smell of victory filled the spring-like air in Boston on Tuesday as thousands upon thousands of fans came out to celebrate the New England Patriots’ latest Super Bowl win.
The parade kicked off at 11 a.m. outside Hynes Convention Center and wrapped up at City Hall. The Boston Police Department estimates approximately 1.5 million people attended the celebration – which they said was one of the largest crowds the city has seen for a championship parade.
Patriots players, coaches, staff and their families boarded a fleet of duck boats and cruised through a sea of adoring fans while showing off their new hardware.
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Head coach Bill Belichick was seen smiling from ear to ear – something Patriots fans know is a rarity – as he waved from atop of one of the duck boats.
Team owner Robert Kraft held one of the Lombardi trophies high and was seen yelling “Thank you!” to the crowd. He was also sporting some bling given to him by rapper Meek Mill during the post-game celebration in Atlanta.
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QB Tom Brady waved to the crowd with his children by his side, periodically holding up six fingers – as if fans needed a reminder of how many titles they’ve won.
Rob Gronkowski was partying it up with his brothers and father aboard his duck boat. At one point, he was seen bare-chested wearing a neon vest and hugging a stuffed goat.
Boston police said only 12 people were arrested during the victory parade on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to drinking in public.
MBTA officials said they saw record numbers hopping onto the commuter rail on their travel to the parade route.
Additional commuter rails were provided for fans and several stations used queue systems to maximize the efficiency of loading passengers onto the trains.
Despite claims that Patriots fans are feeling “winners fatigue,” several attendees held signs that read “Never gets old” and chanted “We want seven!” at the players as they passed by.