Patriot's Superbowl ParadeSunday, February 12, 2017
The New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl is probably one of the coolest things I have ever witnessed in my life. The game was a roller coaster of emotions. I was excited, I was nervous, I was sad, mad, excited again, overwhelmed, anxious, and them, BOOM we won and I was overjoyed. I don't think we will witness a comeback like that ever again in our life time. This is a story we will definitely tell our children.
When you are a teacher, snow days are pretty great. They give you a chance to relax, unexpectedly in the middle of the week. But, when you have a snow day on the Patriot's Super Bowl Parade day in Boston, you are even more pretty damn excited. As soon as I got notice of no school, I told Derek that we were off to the parade.
The traffic getting there was not as bad as we had anticipated. It wasn't anything more than the usual Boston work traffic. We got to the Museum of Science parking lot at 9:30, and most of the top floor was open. Derek always likes to park here for parades as it's away from the chaos and only a short T ride in.
We took the green line from the MOS to Copley. We got on a pretty empty train, but the train filled up at North Station. We got off at Copley and parked ourselves right outside of the T station. The crowd was only 3 people deep here, as it was the beginning of the parade.
It was pretty darn cold out, and the snow was pounding down. We were in our spot at 9:45, and we would have to wait until 11:00 for the start of the parade. Thankfully, we were wrapped in layers of waterproof garnets. I stayed dry, Derek did not. I was pretty warm everywhere except my toes. They were so cold though, that I was starting to regret my decision.
We watched as people walked by with their hilarious signs and Gronk masks. Some of the signs were really funny. There was a guy wearing a goat mask, a shout out to our G.O.A.T Tom Brady. If you didn't know G.O.A.T stands for Greatest Of All Time.
The parade started at our location, right outside of the Library, at about 11:30. It was extremely exciting! There was confetti shooting everywhere, sirens going, music blasting. It was unreal. Suddenly, standing out in the cold didn't seem so bad.
We saw a couple of the players pretty good, but we were on the left side, and a lot of them were on the right side of the float. Gronk and Amandola must have been on the right side because we didn't see Amandola at all, but Gronk was spotted after he was far past us. Belichick must have also been on the other side, because we never saw him. Edleman came over to our side when he was just past us, but I caught a pretty good shot of him.
I got some pretty good shots of Jones and Butler, who were both on our side. They seemed like they were the big party float, and looked a little tipsy for the start of the parade.
By far, the highlight of the day was seeing the one and only, G.O.A.T Tom Brady. Thank the Gods that he was on our side. He came up and waved to all of us. He looked so happy and excited, and he was with his son. He was so amazing, and even more good looking in person. I caught a picture of him looking right at my camera, smiling.
Some of the duck boats were pretty empty. The Cheerleader boat had no cheerleaders on it, and one of the staff boats was pretty empty, but it didn't matter, because we saw Tom Brady.
The parade was totally amazing and so worth it. Brady was the best part, by far, and made up for standing in the cold snow storm for hours. Only true New England fans brave the elements, and that was evident at the parade. There was such a happiness in Boston that day, a pride of the city that was indescribable. People were cheering and screaming, and the police was just as excited.