With cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!” hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title.
A party atmosphere enveloped the city on the unseasonably mild day. Red, white and blue confetti rained down and music blared as fans packed along sidewalks hoping to catch a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the team.
It’s a familiar feeling in Boston. The city’s teams have won twelve championships since 2001. Just four months ago, the city feted the Red Sox for their World Series victory over another Los Angeles team, the Dodgers.
Boston resident Tom Collins was beaming as he took in the spectacle across from the city’s historic Common, his ticket from this year’s Super Bowl dangling from a lanyard around his neck.
After celebrating in Atlanta, Collins said he and his wife drove nearly nonstop to get home for the parade.
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“We had to be a part,” he said as he smoked a cigar and held up a homemade Vince Lombardi trophy. “We had to bring the trophy back to Boston.”
Fresh from Sunday’s 13-3 victory over the Rams in the Super Bowl in Atlanta, team members and their families took a 2-mile swing through the city aboard Boston’s iconic World War II-era amphibious “duck boats.”
Brady held his pigtailed daughter, Vivian, as they waved and grinned at the crowd. Other players, Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft took turns holding aloft the Lombardi Trophy.
Boston Police Sgt. John Boyle said the crowd of roughly 1.5 million was one of the largest the city has seen for a championship parade.
The regional transit system reported record ridership as revelers basked in dazzling sunshine and temperatures that peaked above 60 degrees.
Lions’ linebacker arraigned: Detroit linebacker Trevor Bates was arraigned from a psychiatric ward on charges accusing him of punching a New York City police officer after he was taken to a precinct house for failing to pay a taxi fare.
Bates, 25, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, resisting arrest, theft of services and obstruction of governmental administration. Bates has been hospitalized since his Jan. 26 arrest and was arraigned via a video hookup.
Bates joined the Lions last year and appeared in nine games. Lions general manager Bob Quinn has said that the team is aware of Bates’ arrest but had no further comment.
Briefly: Nearly 102,000 passengers flew out of Atlanta’s international airport the Monday after the Super Bowl, breaking the record for the number of people screened at the airport in one day. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports passengers waited for up to 1½ hours to get through security on what many call Mass Exodus Monday. … The Jets released offensive lineman Spencer Long, saving New York almost $6.5 million on next season’s salary cap. … Arizona claimed linebacker Tanner Vallejo off waivers from Cleveland.
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