1:51 p.m. ET: Patriots players aren’t satisfied with five Lombardi Trophies. Tom Brady and his teammates led a “we want six” chant.
And Gronk came off IR to party the only way Gronk knows how:
1:43 p.m. ET: Bill Belichick, in classic Belichick fashion, tried very hard to start a “no days off” chant during the parade.
1:17 p.m. ET: The parade has reached its destination and everyone has gathered to hear Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and others speak.
12:45 p.m. ET: Look at Tom Brady out here making friends mid-parade.
12:23 p.m. ET: Yes, it’s safe to say the mayor’s no-alcohol message was not received.
12:19 p.m. ET: The mayor said there will be no alcohol at the parade, but apparently nobody told Chris Long:
12:10 p.m. ET: The Gronk/LeGarrette Blount mixtape is going to be fire.
12:05 p.m. ET: This is as close to beaming as Bill Belichick will ever get.
12:03 p.m. ET: Robert Kraft is drowning in confetti, which isn’t the worst problem to have.
11:58 a.m. ET: In case you didn’t know, Patriots fans really like Bill Belichick.
11:38 a.m. ET: Is Bill Belichick smiling, or is he just really cold?
11:32 a.m. ET: Hey look, it’s future Browns QB Jimmy Garoppolo:
Roger Goodell, still the most popular man in Boston:
LOUD "Roger! Roger!" chants in front of Brady's boat.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) February 7, 2017
11:21 a.m. ET: Stuck at work and want to watch it live? NESN has you covered:
11:02 a.m. ET: It’s officially starting. Welcome to the snow parade:
10:56 a.m. ET: The snow is picking up, but Pats fans don’t care:
Like, they REALLY don’t care
10 a.m. ET: It’s not a warm morning in Boston and there’s even some light snow, but Patriots fans are still ready to go and were already lining the streets a couple hours before the parade is set to begin:
The city of Boston is no stranger to championship celebration parades. In the past decade, Massachusetts’ capital has been host to victory laps from the Celtics (2008), Bruins (2011), and Red Sox (2007, 2013).
But no franchise has gotten the VIP treatment from the city’s duck boats like the New England Patriots have. On Tuesday, Tom Brady will take the best possible tour of the city for the fifth time in his professional career, and the second time in the last three years.
Boston will celebrate the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history after the Patriots overcame a 28-3 deficit to shock the Falcons and win their fifth NFL championship. Brady earned his fourth title game MVP award after throwing for a Super Bowl record 466 yards and a pair of touchdowns to improve his record in the big game to a stellar 5-2.
He wasn’t the only Patriot to set a record on Sunday. Tailback James White, who was overshadowed by teammates LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis throughout the regular season, had more receptions in a single game than any other player in Super Bowl history. There were other key contributors to the team’s amazing offensive resurgence, including Martellus Bennett, Danny Amendola, rookie Malcolm Mitchell, and Julian Edelman, who did this:
Their big game ensured no toddler in New England would have to live in a world where they’ve never seen Brady lift a Lombardi Trophy. Tuesday’s event will be the first time Boston has feted the Patriots since 2015, when Malcolm Butler’s clutch-as-clutch-can interception ruined the Seahawks’ comeback chances and propelled New England to a title in one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played.
The constant burden of championship parades may be wearing thin in the Bay State, but this one comes with a little extra motivation to celebrate. The Patriots were hamstrung by dubious sanctions thanks to the Deflategate scandal that turned Roger Goodell into the region’s biggest villain. Despite losing a first-round draft pick and playing the first four games of the season without Brady, the team brought home a title anyway.
On Tuesday, fans from across New England can join up and celebrate that vengeful accomplishment — even if it is a wet celebration.
NFL Network will air and live stream the parade at 11 a.m. ET.