Fire up the duck boats: Patriots take victory lap in Boston

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Super Bowl champs will be hitting the streets of Boston Tuesday morning in duck boats.

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The duck boats are all cleaned up and ready for the big rolling rally, which is expected to fetch nearly one million fans.

And it is a tradition sports fans are familiar with.

MVP quarterback Tom Brady and his teammates and coaches will parade through Boston following the team’s come-from-behind 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Giddy fans wearing Patriots garb were streaming into the city early Tuesday despite a messy forecast of rain and possibly some snow.

It’s still not expected to be as bad as two years ago, when the Patriots victory parade was delayed a day as the region gritted through a season of historic levels of snow.

The Patriots will board the duck boats at the Prudential and then make their way to Copley Square and around the Boston Common before ending at City Hall Plaza.

The weather isn’t expected to be great but Boston’s mayor said they have no choice but to hold the celebration today because the players are on break and heading out of town.

“They’ve been playing football now, some of them for six, eight months and they leave town Wednesday,” said Mayor Walsh, “so their vacation starts Wednesday, so we wouldn’t have the amount of players that we would have otherwise if we didn’t do the parade tomorrow.”

This is the Patriots’ fifth championship.

 

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