The parade estimates keep growing. All the trains are sold out (although the subways are free!) and most schools and many offices are closed. Mayor Jim Kenney yesterday said he expected maybe two million people for the parade, but other estimates have been even higher. Consensus is, it will be a lot. So could it be the largest sports parade ever? We looked at some of the biggest in history to figure out where today's event will rank.
On the conservative side, the parade is likely to draw two to three million attendees. Where can they go to the bathroom during the fun? As of Wednesday afternoon, the city only had 850 port-a-potties lined up. That's really not enough — the ideal number for a crowd this size is 2 to 3,000, one of today's event producers told Billy Penn. Officials have said they're trying to corral a few hundred more, but make no guarantees. Expect long lines.
Bud Light has practically assured bathrooms will be in high demand, thanks to the brand's promise to Lane Johnson to buy the city a beer if the Eagles actually won. That'll apparently work via a system of stamps and tokens (or you can do a mail-in rebate for a six-pack). If you don't feel like drinking a mass produced, foreign owned beer to toast the home team, a local brewery has stepped up. Yards Brewing is offering every 21+ person who visit its new taproom during the parade a free Philly Pale Ale. You might even catch founder Tom Kehoe presenting a $7,000 check to Prevention Point when you stop by.
In the 48 hours after Philly confirmed Thursday as the parade date, several city college and universities cancelled classes for the day. Seems like other area students felt left out. People attending schools as far as an hour away from the city have been throwing their hearts into online petitions and social media pleas to get off for the celebration — and for the lucky students of one of the univeristies, it actually worked.
If you need a quick refresher on all the details for what's going on in Philadelphia today, here's our guide. It includes links to transit info, road closures, parking restrictions, details on food and drink specials and also information about how to watch the parade on TV or via livestream. If you miss it, don't worry: NBC Sports Philadelphia+ will be showing it on a constant loop for 24 hours starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
Eyes Gallery, the South Street shop run by mosaic muralist Isaiah Zagar's wife, Julia Zagar, is hosting an opening night party for a multi-artist show of works celebrating love, community and Women. A portion of commission from all sales will be donated to anti-abuse nonprofit Women in Transition.
Where: Eyes Gallery at 402 South St., 19147
When: February 9, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free