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Philadelphia will celebrate the 2018 Super Bowl champions, here what you need to know

On Thursday the City of Philadelphia will celebrate the 2018 Super Bowl champions and here is everything you need to know.

PHILA (PA): Ready or not, the Eagles Championship parade takes place tomorrow in Philadelphia and if you plan on attending here is everything you need to know.

The City anticipates tremendous crowds. With that in mind, there could be impacts to City services and business operations on Thursday, the Mayors office said.

Official event information including route and times:

Parade: Kicks off at 11 a.m. at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, heading north toward the Art Museum. The parade will last approximately two hours.

Formal Celebration: Begins at 1 p.m. in front of the Art Museum. The program will last approximately two hours.

Parade route and road closures

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Motorists should avoid the areas along and around the parade route, including Broad Street, Center City, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Drivers should use alternate routes and allow for extra time when traveling in the area. Some bicycle lanes around the Parkway are also affected.

There will be significant travel delays on Thursday. Additional road closures and lane restrictions may be necessary during the event to maintain public safety.

Streets will begin to reopen as early as conditions allow on Thursday, February 8. Most streets should be reopened before the morning rush hour on Friday, February 9. Commuters should allow for extra time on Friday morning, however, as there may be residual delays as operations return to normal.

Transit and parking

All visitors are encouraged to take public transit when coming into Philadelphia. SEPTA is operating a special Eagles Parade schedule with details available online at SEPTA.org.

There will be parking restrictions along and around the parade route. These restrictions go into effect at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, and extend into the late evening on Thursday, February 8. Cars parked in temporary no parking zones will be relocated. If your vehicle has been relocated, you may call 215-686-7669 for the location.

A full list of the affected streets is available online.

If at all possible, visitors should not drive into Center City. If, however, driving is necessary, the City encourages drivers to park in off-street lots and garages along the Parkway, Broad Street, or near the stadium complex. The Philadelphia Parking Authority also has a list of garages online. If visitors must drive, they should contact individual parking facilities for rates and availability ahead of time.

There will be no enforcement of meter and time limit regulations on the day of the parade. Safety violations such as parking too close to the corner, fire hydrants, blocking crosswalks, and double parking will be enforced.

There will be significant travel delays on roadways and street closures immediately before, during, and after the Eagles Parade.

Public safety information

For the most updated information on transit, public safety, and other news relating to the Eagles Parade, please sign up for ReadyPhiladelphia alerts from the Office of Emergency Management by texting “ReadyEagles” to 888-777.

The City asks the public to do their part, use common sense, and stay aware of their surroundings. Attendees should immediately report suspicious activity by notifying a police officer or dialing 911.

Visitors:

• Should not leave bags unattended and immediately contact police if they notice an unattended bag.
• Make a plan regarding travel and supervision of children.
• Make a plan in case they become separated from their parties, including identifying meetup points in case of separation.

• Ensure children have contact information for their parents or guardians on their person.
• Should sign up for parade related text alerts by texting “ReadyEagles” to 888-777.

Any missing people or children the Philadelphia Police Department come into contact with will take to one of four points along the parade route:

• First leg of parade: Engine 49, 2600 South 13th Street, 215-685-1783.
• First leg of parade: Ladder 5, South Broad and Fitzwater Street, 215-685-6899.
• Midway through parade: Convention Center Police Room, 13th Street and Race, 215-418-4955.
• Last leg of parade: 9th District, 21st Street and Hamilton, 215-686-3090/91/92.

The Philadelphia Fire Department will staff medic (EMS) tents at the following locations:
• 24th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway (South Side).
• 21st Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway (North Side).

Text “ReadyEagles” to 888-777 to receive free #EaglesParade updates about transit, public safety, and more!

SEPTA from Wilmington to the Eagles parade in Philadelphia, yes, you can do that!

If you’re looking for a ride to the Eagles Superbowl parade, SEPTA may be your answer.

WILMINGTON (DE): Ready to have some fun and join in on the Eagles Superbowl celebration? If so, then SEPTA may be your answer because driving from Delaware to the parade is going to be a challenge. There will be lots of street closures, let alone congestion.

DART First State announced a solution. You can board the SEPTA from the Wilmington train station on Thursday for a ride to the Eagles parade. If you plan on traveling from the Chester area, you can also board from the Marcus Hook, or Ridley Park stations.

Regardless of which of the three stations you chose to board from, SEPTA will be making stops at the 30th Street station between the hours of 6:40 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. DART says there will be only 3 Northbound trains with a rider capacity of 2,790. The downside is, pre-paid fares are required so click here for more details. 

Keep in mind that there will be no service available to any other stations along the route Thursday.

Boarding from Wilmington? If so, free overflow parking is available at the Frawley Stadium. DART Route 12 will provide frequent bus service within two blocks of Wilmington Station or riders may chose the .9 mile walk on the Wilmington Riverwalk.

Return trips southbound from 30th Street Station to Ridley Park, Marcus Hook and Wilmington will be available from 2 PM to 9 PM. There will be no service available to/from any other stations except Wilmington, Marcus Hook, and Ridley Park. That means if you try to board from Newark, Fairplay, or Claymont stations, you’re out of luck. That also includes the ride back from the parade because these trains won’t be stopping at those stations either.

If you need to take a bus from Newark to Wilmington, you need to use DART 16, 33, 46, or 59. From Fairplay station to Wilmington use DART 33, 59, and Claymont to Wilmington, use DART 31.

There are bus options available directly to Philadelphia by using DART 13 or DART 61 to Tri-State Mall, then SEPTA Route 113 to Darby Transportation Center, then SEPTA Routes 11 or 13 Trolley.

For more SEPTA information, please visit septa.org or call (215) 580-7800. For DART bus information, please visit DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART.

Videos shows Vikings fans entering the stadium as Eagles fans taunt them

Shocking videos are being posted to social media showing Vikings fans entering the stadium being taunted by Eagles fans who were seen throwing beer cans, cursing, and giving them the middle finger as they made their way closer to the stadium.

Eagles fan assaults mounted police officer and his horse at NFC game

Mounted officer and his horse was assaulted by an Eagles fan just hours before the Eagles-Vikings NFC championship game at the Lincoln Center.

PHILA (PA): It was just after 3:00 p.m. when police on horseback began storming parking lot M at the Lincoln Center in an attempt to control and disburse fans who were tailgating just hours before the kick off between the Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings.

An earlier report indicated that one fan was left bloodied following a fight that broke out in the parking lot that caused chaos. That’s when police on horseback was seen storming the parking lot to clear it.

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The bloodied man was not arrested for the altercation, but for punching a police horse not once but twice in the shoulder. The man who police identified was Andrew J. Tornetta, 19, of Wales, Pa., Police say, he also assaulted the mounted policeman on the horse.

Tornetta was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related charges, according to police.

According to Philadelphia police, “The corporal gave verbal commands for the persons to leave the area. However, one person refused. While mounted atop the horse, the corporal began to escort him away from the crowd, again telling him to leave. The offender became verbally combative and maneuvered himself out of his jacket, and was grabbed by his sweatshirt to maintain control, due to him being under arrest.”

“The offender then struck the officer’s horse two times with his fist, on [the horse’s] right front shoulder. The offender then struck the corporal on the right side of his face, below his eye, causing redness and swelling. The offender then shed his garments and began walking away, back into the crowd, in an attempt to flee. Fellow mounted and Philadelphia police officers assisted in taking the offender into custody.”

All in all, there was just six arrests Sunday in Philadelphia connected with the NFC Championship Game, according to police. In addition to Tornetta’s arrest, three people were arrested for trying to sell fake tickets and two people were arrested for disorderly conduct.

Tornetta’s arrest marked the second straight week that a man was arrested at an Eagles playoff game for punching a police horse. Just a week earlier, Taylor Hendricks, 22, of Whitehall Township was arrested for assaulting a police horse.

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In that incident, police say, Hendricks got ejected from the Eagles-Falcons game for being intoxicated and not having a ticket. After he got tossed, police say Hendricks approached a mounted police officer—punching his horse repeatedly in the face and neck, then striking the officer in the legs.

Hendricks was charged with aggravated assault, illegally taunting a police horse, simple assault and defiant trespass and posted 10 percent of $5,000 bail early Sunday morning. He’ll be in court again Jan. 30 and could also face animal cruelty charges.

Greased up poles didn’t stop fans from climbing them following Eagles win

Now comes the time in the night where we must warn everyone about the dangers of Saturated Fats. Cheers for #Foles! Jeers for #Poles! It’s a long way down, baby. Celebrate responsibly!, tweeted Phila Police.

PHILA (PA): Earlier in the day Philadelphia Police tweeted that the “Crisco Police” was greasing up poles in an attempt to stop fans from climbing them should the Eagles win the NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Earlier in the day, Philadelphia’s Crisco police began greasing up the poles in South Philadelphia so fans can’t climb them after the game.

However, after the Eagles defeated the Vikings 37-7, the greased up poles didn’t work.

However, when the Eagles defeated the Vikings 37-7 thousands pored into the streets of South Philly to celebrate and the greased up poles didn’t work:

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