New England Patriots fans in Boston will have to wait just a little longer to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl victory parade. Mayor Marty Walsh has decided to push the event back from Tuesday, February 3rd to Wednesday, February 4th due to recent inclement weather.
Initially, the city had intended to host the parade on Tuesday, but heavy snowfall has now delayed the celebration. Snow is expected to pound the area until about midnight, leaving as much as 14 inches (36 cm) for people to dig out of. And temperatures on Tuesday are expected to drop as low as 15 F (-9 C), Reuters reports.
“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.
Thousands of fans are expected to travel to the city’s streets to celebrate with players, including star quarterback Tom Brady and rookie Malcolm Butler. As a relative newcomer, Butler is the player who snagged the last-minute interception on Sunday to secure the Patriots unanticipated victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
The players will tour Boston in World War Two-era amphibious trucks known as “duck boats” – a tradition for the city’s championship clubs.
Enthusiasts of the game are calling Sunday night’s event one of the best Super Bowls in history, with the Patriots gaining their fourth championship after a momentous sequence of plays in the game’s last couple of minutes.
In addition, Walsh canceled Tuesday classes for students in Boston public schools for a second straight day, highlighting the severity of the snowstorm.
Yet, the harsh weather was not enough to dissuade fans from huddling outside of Gillette Stadium, the team’s home field, in the Boston suburb of Foxborough on Monday evening.
Photos showcased by the champion team on Twitter illustrated head coach Bill Belichick waving to the crowds braving the low temperatures, along with defensive end Chandler Jones posing for pictures.
“Saw all of those @Patriots fans out there standing in the cold at Gillette just now! I had to come show love! Love all of you guys!” Jones tweeted.