February 4, 2018, history was made in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After the Eagles won the Super Bowl, fans in Philly flooded the streets, but the celebration did not stop there.
A heavily anticipated parade was scheduled for Thursday, February 8th. City dwellers and suburbanites alike cancelled their plans, schools shut down, and millions of people called in sick to work. Everyone had to be at this once in a lifetime experience.
The parade took route down Broad Street, and ended at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Millions of people, including hundreds of PV students lined up in the cold to see this historic event take place.
PV junior Meghan Crooks jokes, “I may have frostbite, but it was the best day of my life.”
Once the parade arrived at the museum, the real events took place. After trumpeter Jessie McGuire played “The Star Spangled Banner”, the speeches started. Fans heard short but heartfelt speeches from a number of people, including Coach Pederson, Jeffrey Lurie, and many of the players. Quarterbacks Nick Foles and Carson Wentz both took the time to thank the crowd and gave short speeches on what the victory meant to them. Many speeches included the recurring theme of the underdog, as many players were passionate about the people who doubted them and their team.
“They doubted us as players, they doubted us as a team,” Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles Safety said.
The most memorable speech of the day, though, came from Center, Jason Kelce. Throughout the parade route, Kelce was a source of energy, lighting up the crowds however he could. Dressed as a Mummer, Kelce showed his Philly pride and called out all of the people who doubted the team this season, including Mike Lombardi, who Kelce called a clown for doubting Coach Pederson.
Kelce went on to explain how every single player and coach on this team was an underdog, and even goes as far as to call out players by name to further drive home his point. “It’s the whole team,” Kelce stated. He ended his speech singing what is now known as a new anthem for Philadelphia, a song he had heard that day being sung by fans, playing off of the fact that many people from other places in the United States don’t understand the intense passion Philadelphia has for their city and their sports. Fans from Philadelphia can all relate to the now famous line, “No one likes us, we don’t care.”
For many people, this parade was a very emotional experience. After taking so many beatings, Philadelphia is finally on top, and this parade was the chance of a lifetime to celebrate our city and our team.