• Estimated 1.5 MILLION fans rock Boston during Patriots championship parade

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    BOSTON - The New England Patriots have brought home another Super Bowl championship and we all know what that means - fire up the duck boats!


    BOSTON 25 NEWS SPECIAL | PATRIOTS CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE


    The rolling rally tradition will make its way through the city Tuesday morning starting at 11 a.m.

    Does it feel like we just did this? You're right. It was barely four months ago that the city welcomed home the World Series champion Boston Red Sox following their own version of "Beat LA" in October. 

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    The last time we celebrated a Patriots Super Bowl championship in 2017, the weather was terrible. You may remember a cold and rainy day, but this year, Boston 25 Meteorologists are predicting a great day, fit for celebrating a dynasty. We could wake up to a spot shower, but temperatures will quickly warm up the to upper 50s or 60 degrees and sunshine will brighten up the afternoon. 


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    LIVE UPDATES:

    6:22 p.m.: City of Boston officials estimate that 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE attended today's Patriots championship parade. Amazing!

    1:15 p.m.: A group of parade-goers is seen helping free an ambulance from the mud in the Boston Common.

    1:00 p.m.: NWS reported a record high of 65 degrees in the city of Boston on Tuesday during the parade. 

    12:40 p.m.: The MBTA will be running express shuttle buses due to an earlier derailment from Copley Sq. to Riverside starting at 12:30 p.m. for riders trying to get back to Riverside after the parade. Buses will depart from St. James Avenue at Dartmouth Street, next to Copley Square by Trinity Church.

    12:30 p.m.: As the highest number of MBTA and Commuter Rail riders are expected to arrive at North, South and Back Bay stations, the public transit agency is asking parade goers to consider staying in town for an hour or two until the first wave of trains depart those stations.

    Queue lines will be set up for each Commuter Rail line at North and Back Bay stations, however, officials said Back Bay might close down due to safety reasons. Should that be the case, riders are asked to board trains at South Station instead.

    Extra trains will be running all afternoon as possible for outbound trips and nearly 200 Keolis volunteers will be assisting passengers out in the field.

    12:00 p.m.: Boston EMS announced 9 parade-related patients were transported to area hospitals.

    11:30 a.m.: Thousands of fans rally in Boston as duck boats continue to roll through the city. The MBTA reported what is possibly the highest level of ridership ever seen across their network to date.

    11:15 a.m.: They're off! Duck boats packed with Patriots players start making their way into the city of Boston.

    11:00 a.m.: Service on the Green Line has been suspended westbound between Kenmore and Reservoir stations due to a derailment at Beaconsfield. Eastbound service is still operating, but with severe delays while shuttle buses are being placed to service westbound riders.

    10:15 a.m.: MBTA officials announced that, due to the parade, Bowdoin Station would be closed down until about 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Riders are advised to use the Government Center station to access the Blue Line.

    9:40 a.m.: Buses carrying the Patriots are leaving Gillette Stadium on their way to the duck boats.

    9:06 a.m.: About six minutes later, the MBTA tweeted again with an update to the parking availabilities. Within very little time, two more stations reported their parking lots were full.

    9:00 a.m.: Many MBTA parking lots were filling up quickly on Tuesday morning as parade goers avoided trying to park in the city. 

    Streets along the parade route are filling up quickly with fans eager to get a good spot to see the Patriots drive by. 

    8:30 a.m.: In order to service the high demand of riders going into the city, the Commuter Rail is running 68 locmotives, 376 coaches and 8 extra trains. 

    The MBTA announced many trains were running at capacity due to heavy parade ridership and were not allowing any additional passengers to board.

    8:24 a.m.- Commuter rail trains on the Franklin line are being held near Norwood after a man was struck by a train, according to the Norwood Police chief. Delays are expected.

    8 a.m. - Trains are starting to fill to capacity as thousands head to Boston. The MBTA says it will continue to send extra trains to accommodate paradegoers and commuters.

     

    4:50 a.m. - Patriots fans are ready to roll -- some were even in position Monday night to get a spot along the parade route. This Quincy fan said he claimed his spot in Copley Square at 10:30 p.m. -- over 12 hours before the parade starts.

     


    BOSTON 25 NEWS SPECIAL | PATRIOTS CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE

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