Boston schedules parade for Super Bowl champion Patriots
BOSTON -- Patriots fans are basking in the glow of another championship for their beloved football team as New England weathers another major workday snowstorm.
In Boston, where schools are closed but subways are running, Mayor Marty Walsh announced a championship parade would kick off Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Prudential Center skyscraper downtown and end at City Hall.
"Congratulations to Patriots and all of Patriot Nation on a well earned Super Bowl victory," he said in a statement. "You have made Boston and New England proud."
Patriots fans digging out of the latest snowstorm recounted tense moments from the team's rollercoaster 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night.
"It was an exciting game, a nail-biter to the end. You don't get to see games like that very often," said George Vemis, a variety store owner from Whitman, south of Boston.
In Coventry, Connecticut, Todd Penney, was still recovering from a heady night of celebrating as he prepared to head into work Monday as a town engineer.
"My voice is very hoarse from screaming at the TV. I was all in last night," he said. "It will be a lot more fun for me to snowblow this morning after the Patriots' win, than if they would have lost, that's for sure."
At the Modell's Sporting Goods in Cambridge, devoted fans trickled in as the snow fell in thick fluffy clumps, grabbing commemorative T-shirts and hats by the armful Monday morning.
"It's an early Valentine's gift. I'm treating," said Karen Rudgis, of Cambridge, who was buying shirts for her husband and two grown children.
Mike Kelley, who works next door at Staples, was grabbing T-shirts and hats for his daughter, brother-in-law and himself.
"It's an expensive day today," he said. "I've already spent $100 and I'm already planning to spend $100 more."
Store staff said the biggest sellers so far were the white Super Bowl champion baseball caps the team wore Sunday for the locker room celebration. Wine glasses commemorating the victory also were selling surprisingly well, they said.
"It'd be a lot different if there wasn't a blizzard right now. Later tonight, I would think, it would get busy," said Jennifer Walcott, who had been among a number of staffers brought in from the store's Hamden, Connecticut, location to help open up the Cambridge store promptly at 6 a.m. Monday.
Southern New England was blanketed with nearly of foot of fresh snow that started early Monday morning and was expected to last most of the day, making both ends of the workday commute treacherous.
That came on top of nearly three feet of snow that has already fallen in some part of the region during the past week.
From Boston to western Massachusetts, police reported that Patriots fans celebrated raucously but without mayhem late Sunday into early Monday.
Crowds of mostly college-aged fans in Boston streamed into the streets outside the bars by Fenway Park and the city's famous Common.
They screamed and chanted, but remained mostly orderly. Boston police said there were no arrests. "Way to make your team & city proud," the department tweeted.