The New England Patriots are being feted in Boston after defeating the Los Angeles Rams to claim their sixth Super Bowl title.
Quarterback Tom Brady held his pigtailed daughter, Vivian, on an open-roofed duck boat as they grinned and waved to the thousands of fans who lined Boston’s city streets. The six-year-old was seen holding a sign with a silhouette of a goat, which is a reference to her father and the anagram G.O.A.T, ‘Greatest of All Time.’
Tight end Rob Gronkowski was seen in a Patriots poncho while the team’s offensive line was enjoyed some beer atop during the parade. Later Gronkowski went shirtless, along with fellow tight end Dwayne Allen and center David Andrews, before ultimately finding a yellow police vest to wrap around his bare torso.
One Twitter user in attendance claimed he ‘saw a shirtless Gronkowski dancing to Sicko Mode, catch a Bud Light, shotgun it, then catch an empty canister of Tide Pods before tossing it back into the crowd.’
Gronk was also seen drinking a bottle of Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, which is priced at $528.
Team owner Robert Kraft took turns holding aloft the Lombardi Trophy with some players, and coach Bill Belichick and his partner, Linda Holliday, beamed as the parade rolled through Copley Square.
Tuesday’s parade kicked off at the Hynes Convention Center. It rumbled roughly two miles past the Boston Common and other landmarks before ending at City Hall.
Tom Brady rides with his kids during the Super Bowl LIII championship parade near Copley Square. Brady’s daughter Vivian, 6 can be seen with the Lombardi Trophy while son Jack, 11, sits next to his father on the Duck Boat
(Left) Tom Brady is seen alongside his oldest son, 11-year-old Jack. (Right) Brady’s six-year-old daughter Vivian enjoys the duck boat ride alongside her father and brothers
A shirtless Rob Gronkowski parties on a duck boat with girlfriend Camille Kostek during Tuesday’s parade in Boston
Tom Brady shares a moment with six-year-old daughter Vivian and the Lombardi Trophy during Tuesday’s parade
Rob Gronkowski dances with teammate Dwight Allen (left) and girlfriend Camille Kostek (right) during Tuesday’s parade
Rob Gronkowski celebrates the Patriots sixth Super Bowl title with girlfriend Camille Kostek on Tuesday in Boston
Rob Gronkowski has not confirmed if he will return next season, but he did enjoy Tuesday’s parade with girlfriend Camille Kostek. Prior to the parade, he was seen pumping up the crowd with his brothers and father
Tom Brady holds the Lombardi Trophy as the New England Patriots parade through downtown Boston
Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman climbs atop a parade truck as the Patriots celebrate their sixth NFL title in Boston
As is tradition, the team is riding on World War II-era amphibious vehicles known as ‘Duck Boats.’ But there won’t be a post-parade rally where Tom Brady and other players speak as in previous years.
Mayor Marty Walsh warns fans not to throw anything. Errant beer cans slightly damaged the Red Sox World Series trophy last year.
Fans along the parade route were seen carrying signs reading ‘Never Gets Old,’ which could be a reference to victory parades (this is the city’s second in the last 100 days) or 41-year-old quarterback Tom Brady. Another sign read ‘We beat LA again,’ which refers to the Boston Red Sox’ recent World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gronkowski, who has talked about retiring after this latest NFL title, whooped it up with his brothers and father. He and several other players removed their shirts and spent the second half of the parade cavorting bare-chested.
They waved large signs that read, ‘We Got Everything’ – a twist on the Patriots’ motivational hashtag, ‘Everything We Got,’ that had become a theme this season.
At least one brave Rams fan, wearing one of that team’s blue and yellow jerseys, hung out along the parade route.
Officials expected more than 1 million attendees, and early trains and subways were jammed, overwhelming the Boston area’s transit system with what officials said was record ridership. The weather was unseasonably warm, with temperatures above 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius) and dazzling sunshine.
Members of the Patriots defense that held the Rams to just three points in Super Bowl LIII celebrate with the Lombardi Trophy
Patriots fans hold up caricatures of wide receiver Julian Edelman (left), coach Bill Belichick (center) and quarterback Tom Brady (right) during the team’s sixth Super Bowl victory parade on Tuesday in Boston
The Patriots weren’t the only ones to lose their shirts on Tuesday. One fan drew the Super Bowl LIII logo on his bare chest
Defensive tackle Frank Herron runs down Tremont Street shaking hands of fans during Tuesday’s Super Bowl parade
New England Patriots fans take in Tuesday’s Super Bowl victory parade by watching it on their cell phones
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is a constant target of Patriots fans, who were upset that Tom Brady received a four-game suspension in 2016 after allegedly deflating footballs below the required limit during the 2014 AFC Championship Game. The Patriots were also docked two draft picks, although the NFL failed to definitively prove that Brady tampered with the footballs
Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman points out to the crowd during Tuesday’s Super Bowl victory parade in Boston
Boston celebrated the Patriots’ sixth title with a parade on Tuesday, 100 days after the Boston Red Sox World Series parade
Rob Gronkowski had plenty of beer during Thursday’s parade, but struggled at times to find a shirt
Although he was shirtless by the end of the parade, Rob Gronkowski began the festivities with a Patriots poncho
Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy while riding a duck boat alongside his six-year-old daughter Vivian
Tom Brady holds up the Lombardi Trophy as he rides a duck boat on Boylston Street during the Super Bowl LIII parade
A general view of Boylston Street during the Super Bowl LIII championship parade near Copley Square
Fans wait for the New England Patriots parade to through downtown Boston at the team’s sixth Super Bowl victory parade
Officials expected more than 1 million attendees, and early trains and subways were jammed, overwhelming the Boston area’s transit system with what officials said was record ridership. The weather was unseasonably warm, with temperatures above 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius) and dazzling sunshine
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft holds the Lombardi Trophy during the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl parade
The phrase ‘Beat LA’ originally referred to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Security is tight, but the atmosphere is carefree in a city celebrating its second major sports championship in just four months. In October, Boston staged a similar parade to fete the Red Sox after they won their fourth World Series title in 15 years.
There were also several signs poking fun at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. One read, ‘Roger kiss my…’ with a drawing of Brady depicted as a goat (a reference to G.O.A.T. – ‘greatest of all time’) and Goodell shown as a donkey.
A fan of Patriots guard Shaq Mason wears his replica jersey during Tuesday’s Super Bowl victory parade in Boston
Goodell is a constant target of Patriots fans, who were upset that Tom Brady received a four-game suspension in 2016 after allegedly deflating footballs below the required limit during the 2014 AFC Championship Game. The Patriots were also docked two draft picks, although the NFL failed to definitively prove that Brady tampered with the footballs
Tuesday’s parade is not only the sixth for the Patriots since 2002, when Tom Brady came off the bench during the season to guide New England to its first title, but it’s actually the city’s 12th in the last 17 years. In addition to the Patriots’ six parades, the Red Sox have won four World Series titles over that time – most recently in October – and both the Boston Bruins (2011) and Boston Celtics (2008) have also risen to the top of their respective leagues in recent years.
Lauren Mills is among the hundreds of thousands of cheering fans lining the streets of Boston early Tuesday to catch a glimpse of the team being paraded through downtown.
Mills says she’s thrilled at the Patriots’ record-tying sixth NFL championship, and she wants quarterback Tom Brady to win rings for his other four fingers.
Organizers are expecting more than 1 million people to turn out for the victory parade.
Team members and their families were being bused into the city, where they’ll board several of Boston’s iconic World War II-era amphibious ‘duck boats.’
Stephen Chhom, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was along the parade route overlooking the Statehouse with his friend Ricky Sok and Sok’s son, Raiyu.
‘What made this year special were all the other fans doubting us,’ Chhom said, wearing a Julian Edelman jersey. ‘The record speaks for itself. Tom Brady and the rest of the team prove themselves every single time.’
Patriots center David Andrews went shirtless to celebrate the team’s sixth Super Bowl win on Tuesday in Boston
Fans line Tremont Street before the New England Patriots parade through downtown Boston
Construction workers cheer as the New England Patriots victory parade passes by following the team’s Super Bowl LIII win
Quarterback Tom Brady held his pigtailed daughter, Vivian, on an open-roofed duck boat as they grinned and waved to the thousands of fans who lined Boston’s city streets. The six-year-old was seen holding a sign with a silhouette of a goat, which is a reference to her father and the anagram G.O.A.T, ‘Greatest of All Time’
One fan was seen sleeping before the Patriots rode by on the duck boats during Tuesday’s parade in Boston
Security is tight but the atmosphere is carefree in a city celebrating its second major sports championship in four months. Boston staged a parade in October to fete the Red Sox after they won their fourth World Series title in the last 15 years
Fans gather near Boston City Hall during the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl parade on Tuesday
The weather in Boston was in the 50s Tuesday, which gave Patriots center David Andrews the chance to remove his shirt
There was at least one Rams fan at the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade on Tuesday in Boston
Tuesday’s parade takes place 17 years after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right) and coach Bill Belichick (left) celebrated the franchises first Super Bowl win
New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty holds the Super Bowl trophy for fans following the football teams arrival at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, right, greets fans following the football teams arrival at Gillette Stadium
New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty, left, holds the Super Bowl trophy as he greets fans
New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty, right, greets fans in Foxborough
More than a million people are expected to pack the streets of Boston on Tuesday as the team parade through the streets
Fans eagerly awaited the Patriots arrival on Monday and got to meet star players including twins Jason and Devin McCourty, along with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
Officials anticipated more than a million attendees at Tuesday’s parade, where the weather was unseasonably warm.
Martin Walsh, Boston’s Mayor, announced on social media that the city would pay tribute to the Patriots with a special duck boat parade.
‘Fire up the duck boats,’ Walsh tweeted. ‘We will see you at the #SBLIII parade Tuesday at 11:00am!’
‘I want to be very clear that on those duck boats are going to be families, kids. The Patriots are going to bring their families with them and young people with them. Watching the parade are going to be kids and families,’ Walsh said. ‘So we’re asking you, do not throw things. Do not throw beers, do not throw anything at those boats. We don’t want to see anyone get hurt while they’re in town celebrating and watching a parade.’
Walsh said that there’s to be no public drinking on Tuesday.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, center right, waves to fans
Fans wanted to catch and early glimpse of the footballing heroes as they arrived back in the northeast
This year’s parade will follow the same route as 2017’s Patriots parade. The parade will begin at Hynes Convention Center, then head down Boylston Street past the Public Garden and Boston Common to Tremont Street.
There, the parade will turn left and head up Tremont, make a final turn onto Cambridge Street, and finish on Cambridge Street in front of City Hall.
Note that there will be no rally this year, Mayor Marty Walsh said during a Monday afternoon press conference ahead of the parade.
Walsh said during the press conference that past parades have drawn anywhere from 500,000 to one million spectators.
‘We’re anticipating the biggest turnout you could possibly have when we think about public safety,’ Walsh said.
New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty, left, and his brother free safety Devin McCourty, right, faces reporters in the team’s locker room following the football teams arrival at Gillette Stadium
A New England Patriots fan, left, holds a replica trophy while cheering during the team’s arrival on their bus
New England Patriots football fans greet buses carrying members of the team during their arrival at Gillette Stadium
In Florida, Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right) celebrate with Mickey Mouse in the Super Bowl victory parade in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Orlando