PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Broad Street is ready. The Parkway and Art Museum are ready, too. Philadelphia is ready for what could be the biggest celebration this city has ever seen—courtesy of the Super Bowl champions—the Philadelphia Eagles.
"This is about them. It's not about politicians. It's not about anybody else," Mayor Jim Kenney said at a late afternoon press conference.
"We want to make history and this is a way to do it and participate in it," event coordinator Fred Stein told FOX 29 Wednesday night at the Art Museum.
All the pieces are in place for the motorcade of 25 vehicles carrying the Eagles up Broad Street to city hall and on over to the art museum. It might be a little soggy for the close to three million super excited fans expected. The mayor says with a crowd this big, you should bring your patience.
"Just as we waited decades for this—expect it will take you much longer than usual to get around," the mayor said.
Sound systems, jumbo trons and porta-potties have been set up so the massive crowd can settle in wherever they end up. Extra cell towers and emergency services are in place. The mayor and police believe this will be a different crowd from the alcohol-fueled thousands that gathered after Sunday night's Super Bowl win.
"The key is people need to behave and the alcohol fuels the misbehavior," the mayor added.
Police have now arrested eight people in connection with Sunday's vandalism and attacks on police.
Authorities also put out surveillance video and still photos of others they're still looking for. Police are promising to make arrests should anyone try to spoil Thursday's big Eagles party.
"What I don't understand is how dumb people can really be. These days everything's videotaped," the mayor said.