Eagles Parade: 5 Things to Know Before You Go from South Jersey
The Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Victory Parade is Thursday. Take a second and read that first line again. Pretty, sweet, huh? Here are five quick things you should know if you are planning to be a part of the parade.
If you are up for the challenge of getting into Philadelphia and then dealing with a crowd of 2 million people or so, you can expect a long, cold day tossed around in a very large crowd. You should also expect to have an absolutely wonderful experience.
1- Getting from South Jersey to Philadelphia: Go as early as you can, especially if you’re coming from farther away. If you haven't bought tickets in advance, you could be in for trouble. PATCO is sold out unless you already have a ticket. No others riders will be accepted Thursday.
NJ Transit added an extra train between Atlantic City and Philadelphia 30th Street Station. The train will depart Atlantic City at 8:26 am. and arrive in Philadelphia at 10:05 am. An extra train will depart Philadelphia at 4:19 pm. and arrive in Atlantic City at 6:12 pm. It was announced Wednesday night that all NJ Transit passengers will need previously purchased tickets and no walk up tickets will be available on Thursday
Before 8 a.m., get on NJTransit buses 414/417/555 and you can get off at any Philly stop, though JFK and 17th Street is your best bet if you’re trying to get close to the action.
If you can’t get up that early, after 8 am. and until 7 pm., take any NJTransit bus that goes into Philadelphia, and it’ll take you to Sixth and Race Streets but expect delays.
2 - If you’re driving, good luck. Starting at 9 am., there will be a host of road closures around the parade areas, So unless you get an early start and are happy to stay in the city all day and deal with parking, steer clear of driving.
You don’t have to pay for street parking Thursday because the PPA won’t be enforcing meters and time limits, but will still ticket you for parking illegally.
3- Free Rides are available on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines. Both lines are closing some stations. Trains will run every 5-7 minutes starting at 5 a.m. on Thursday. Avoid SEPTA buses. At least 27 busroutes will be detoured, and it’s unclear what detours those buses will make. Avoid Uber and Lyft, which are going to be expensive (due to surge pricing) and slow-moving.
4- Parade Route kicking off from Broad Street and Pattison Avenue at 10:45 am. and continuing north on Broad Street to City Hall, where it will then turn onto Benjamin Franklin Parkway and march to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A celebration will begin at the steps starting at 1 pm. The sidewalks all along Broad Street will provide prime viewing action.
5-Food and Drink Restaurants along the parade route are going to be very crowded, so expect delays, or try one of the 40 food trucks that will be stationed near the Parkway. Find 20 food trucks near 21st and Pennsylvania Avenue and another set of 20 food trucks at 20th and Winter Streets by the Franklin Institute.
Hit up a bar along the parade route to raise a glass, for free, courtesy of Bud Light at bars and taverns along the parade route.
Sources: Philly.com/ NJ Transit/Septa