Philadelphia

How to Attend the Eagles' Super Bowl Parade & Live to Tell the Tale

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No, you weren’t dreaming on Sunday. Going from underdogs to top dogs, the beloved Philadelphia Eagles managed to defy Super Bowl expectations by outplaying the Pats and taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. And, naturally, Philadelphians have been freaking out ever since. To celebrate the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win in franchise history, the city is hosting a championship parade and ceremony on Thursday, February 8, but before you gather your crew and hit Broad Street for more partying, there are some things you need to know. Here are those things.

Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia
Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia
Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia

What’s the parade route?

The parade begins at 11am, starting from Broad and Pattison and then heading north on Broad to South Penn Square. From there, the route swings around City Hall, going west to 15th Street, north on 15th to John F. Kennedy Boulevard, and west to 16th Street to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The final stretch is up the Parkway to Eakins Oval to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the ceremony is slated to begin at 1pm, with Mayor Jim Kenney and Governor Tom Wolf both scheduled speak. Oh yeah, and the whole Eagles team will be there, too.

If you manage to stake out a spot on the parade route but can’t make it to the actual ceremony, don’t worry: it’ll be broadcast on 14 massive jumbotron screens along the route, complete with a sound system powerful enough to cut through all the rowdy chants. There’ll also be around 40 different food trucks set up along the Parkway (although the lines are bound to be hellish). Check out a map of the route below:

Where are the best viewing spots?

While the entire parade route is sure to be swamped by thousands of excited bodies, there are some prime spots to try to stake your claim.

In general, anywhere south of City Hall along Broad Street should be a little easier to access. You can watch the parade kick off down by the stadiums at Broad and Pattison or hang out in Marconi Plaza along Broad between Bigler and Oregon. The Ellsworth-Federal Broad Street Line stop is the last chance you’ll have to hop off the subway before hitting Walnut-Locust (sure to be swamped). If you exit at Ellsworth-Federal and walk south, you may have luck there, too. If you head up to Washington, you’ll be in the vicinity of a bunch of port-a-potties — which, depending on how you’re feeling, might be a great thing. And if you’re brave enough to face the crowds (and the elements) at from Locust up to City Hall, just know this: you’d better get there early.

That said, with the jumbotrons and the ceremony at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Parkway may not be the worst place to be. Remember when the Pope came to town in 2015? The crowd on the Parkway was estimated at around 142,000 people from Logan Square to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. That’s how many of you can probably cram in there on Thursday, too.

Andriy Blokhin/Shutterstock.com
Andriy Blokhin/Shutterstock.com
Andriy Blokhin/Shutterstock.com

Where do I get my free Bud Light (and Yards) beer?

Keeping good on their promise to fuel the city with free beer, Bud Light reps will be at multiple bars along the parade route handing out free beer to anyone over 21-years-old. If Bud’s not your preferred brew, you’re in luck: not to be outdone, the fine folks at Yards Brewing Company are also pouring free Philly Pale Ale pints at their new taproom on Spring Garden. Leave your backpacks of beer at home — they will be confiscated.

What’ll the weather be like?

Thursday’s weather is set for a high of 34 degrees and sunny — in other words, layer up in every item of Eagles gear you own and bring some sunglasses as well.

Should I drive or take a train into Philly?

It’s definitely best if you don’t drive. SEPTA is offering free rides to select stops on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines, but be prepared to wait in line, as all other train stations are closed the entire day. Service will run every five to seven minutes. Based on crowd size, stations are subject to close (hooray!). Regional rail schedules will be impacted as well, with only inbound trains running in the morning and outbound ones in the afternoon. PATCO will run on a modified schedule, too: starting at 6am, only westbound trains heading into the city leaving from select stations will be offered. At 1:20pm, only eastbound trains will depart from select stations.

What roads are closed?

Get ready for lots of shut down streets surrounding the parade route and the art museum for basically the whole day on Thursday. Starting at 5am, major roads around the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be closed, South Broad Street shuts down at 9am Most roads should reopen by 6pm. Basically, lots of the city will be on lockdown. A full list of road closures and temporary parking regulations can be found here.

Chickie n' Pete's
Chickie n’ Pete’s
Chickie n’ Pete’s

Where can I party afterward?

If you’re not finished celebrating once the show winds down, there are a number of great bars along and nearby the route for some post-parade revelry:
XFINITY Live!: 1100 Pattison Avenue
Chickie’s & Pete’s: 1526 Packer Avenue
The Pub on Passyunk East: 1501 East Passyunk Avenue
Devil’s Den: 1148 South 11th Street
Fado: 1500 Locust Street
McGillin’s Olde Ale House: 1310 Drury Street
Tir Na Nog: 1600 Arch Street
Cherry Street Tavern: 129 North 22nd Street
Belgian Cafe: 2047 Green Street
The Bishop’s Collar: 2349 Fairmount Avenue

How do I watch on TV or online?

The festivities will air live on NBC10 and NBC Sports Philadelphia, and a live stream will be available online at NBC10 and NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com.

Anything else I need to know?

Medic tents will be set up at 24th Street and the Parkway and 21st Street and the Parkway. 850 port-a-potties will line the route. The route will have plenty of barricades, too, so no rushing the street, OK? You can also text ReadyEagles to 888-777 to sign up for free text alerts about the parade.

Bottom line is this: the whole thing is going to be a crowded party/mess, so get there early. (Estimates from the 2008 Phillies World Series parade say over 1 million people flooded the streets, so be prepared for that and then some.)Sign up here for our daily Philly email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Allie Volpe is a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn’t slept in days. Follow her on Twitter:@allieevolpe

Philadelphia

Museum Exhibits in Philly to Check Out Before They Disappear

Get in some culture (and selfies) at the best art exhibits in Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

From the historical to the artistic, Philadelphia is jam packed with museums. Art aficionados of all ages can get lost inside the likes of tourist-friendly museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of the American Revolution or feast their eyes on unique exhibitions at institutions like the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Museum for Art In Wood.

Between big-ticket exhibitions honouring the House of Mouse to collections showcasing the legacy of a prominent Black family in early America, there’s plenty of material to dig into. After you’ve planned a date night and rounded up friends to explore the city, here are the most exciting museum exhibits in Philly right now-before they’re gone for good.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

The Franklin Institute

Exhibition: Disney 100: The Exhibition
Mickey Mouse, you look good for your age. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Disney is a retrospective exhibition, which got its world premiere right here in Philly. Between rarely-seen artworks and artifacts, costumes and props, and interactive installations where you can listen to hit Disney songs, the exhibit is a Disney lover’s wish-upon-a-star-come-true.
Dates: Until August 27, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Monday through Sunday. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS

Academy of Natural Sciences

Exhibition: Conversations With Birds
No, not an allusion to the Eagles, this exhibition is dedicated to actual birds, their migration patterns, and humans’ relationship with avian creatures. Expect avian photography and video by local birders and wildlife photographers along with an interactive exhibit showing five migratory birds that pass through the Philadelphia region on their seasonal passage between North and South America.
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Barnes Foundation

Exhibition: Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember
The work of two contemporary South African artists-Sue Williamson and Lebohang Kganye-are shown side by side, offering a cross-generational dialogue. Both artists utilize video installations, photographs, sculptural installations, and textiles “to consider how the stories our elders tell us shape family narratives and personal identities.”
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Exhibition: The Future Will Follow the Past: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz
Exploring the rapid change of societal issues in America since 2020-antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights-Jonathan Horowitz designed installations inspired by recent occurrences. His works explore specific events like the infamous far-right rally from white supremacists in Charlottesville as well as recent themes in American history, like attacks on those within the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Dates: Until July 4, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Friday through Sunday. Admission is available online and at the door.

Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol

The Museum for Art In Wood

Exhibition: The Mashrabiya Project
The newly renamed Museum for Art in Wood (formerly The Center for Art In Wood) celebrates the rebrand with a brand new project. Focusing on mashrabiya, the traditional Islamic architectural design, The Mashrabiya Project is a first of its kind effort in the U.S. to examine this aesthetic. As a part of the larger mission, a new exhibition Seeing Through Space features newly-commissioned, never-before-seen works by six female-identifying artists.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are not required.

Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o
Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o
Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Exhibition: Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
Combining painting and sculpture, Henry Taylor utilized recycled objects in this exhibition, the product of an 18-month residency. The entire second floor of the museum houses the large scale assemblages, tapestries, and textiles. Think: 30-foot billowing canvases and towering totems created from compressed blocks of paint buckets, vinyl home siding, and black plastic planters.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available but advanced registration is encouraged.

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition: Judith Joy Ross
More than 200 photographs from renowned portrait photographer Judith Joy Ross will be on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chronicling her career from the 1980s to today. Her black-and-white portraits are intimate reflections of everyday Americans, and this show features work from all her major projects, plus, never-before-seen images.
Dates: April 24 to August 6, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

American Swedish Historical Museum

Exhibition: Radically Marimekko
Famous for their bright and bold fabrics, Finnish textiles, clothing, and home furnishings, the company Marimekko is showcased at this special exhibit. Drawing attention to Finnish design, the collection traces the brand’s path from industrial art house to fashion icon.
Dates: March 30 to September 24, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and African American Museum in Philadelphia

Exhibition: Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America
A collaboration between the African American Museum in Philadelphia and PAFA, Rising Sun showcases new work from 20 artists examining the question of Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy? With pieces shown in both museums, visitors can reflect on, challenge, and expand their view of democracy through art.
Dates: March 23 to October 8, 2023
How to visit: The African American Museum in Philadelphia is open Thursday through Sunday; admission is available online and at the door. PAFA is open Thursday through Sunday; admission can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

Exhibition: Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia
James Forten may not be a familiar name within early American history, but this new exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution is looking to change that. Telling the story of Forten and his family through 100 historical artifacts, Black Founders explores the Forten family’s roles in the Revolutionary War, business in Philadelphia, and the abolitionist movement.
Dates: Until November 26, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open daily. Admission is available online and at the door.

National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Exhibition: The 19th Amendment: How Women Won The Vote
That lofty document known as the Constitution and its values, interpretations, and amendments are explored in great detail at the National Constitution Center, naturally. This semi-permanent exhibit examines the 19th Amendment-the one which granted women the right to vote-and the road to its ratification. Out of the near 100 artifacts, expect to see a rare printing of the Declaration of Sentiments from the first women’s convention at Seneca Falls, a ballot box used to collect women’s votes in the late 1800s, Pennsylvania’s ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, and various “Votes for Women” ephemera.
Dates: Semi-permanent, no end date announced
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

M├╝tter Museum

Exhibition: Spit Spreads Death
Eerily topical, the M├╝tter’s latest special exhibit, Spit Spreads Death, an exhibit about the 1918 flu pandemic, opened in the fall of 2019, less than six months before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The exhibit traces the disease’s spread throughout Philadelphia neighbourhoods a century ago and how the pandemic impacted the city with artifacts like photos, newspaper clippings, and more.
Dates: Now through 2024
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Monday. Advanced tickets are required.

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Allie Volpe┬áis a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn’t slept in days. Follow her on Twitter:┬á@allieevolpe.

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