Unseasonably warm weather -- with a forecast high of 63 Fahrenheit (17.2 Celsius) -- is likely to swell crowd sizes at the city's 12th professional sports championship parade since 2001, Mayor Marty Walsh told reporters on Monday. "We're anticipating the biggest turnout you could possibly have when you think about public safety," Walsh said. He noted that prior championship parades have drawn 500,000 to 1 million fans, with smaller numbers coming in winters like that of the team's 2015 Super Bowl win when Boston streets got some 9 feet (2.7 m) of snow.
The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) at Boston's Prudential Tower and roll down Boylston Street to City Hall. One commuter ferry to Boston was packed with young people skipping school for the parade, some with their parents and many wearing blue, red or white Patriots jerseys bearing the names of stars Brady and Edelman.
Patrick Cronin, an 18-year-old high school student, said he was heading to watch the parade with friends to cheer a team he said was often doubted during its regular season. "So consistently everyone was like, 'They're too old,' or they have some stupid reason why Brady is no good," Cronin said. "It's so satisfying when they're so good again." (Writing by Scott Malone Editing by Tom Brown and Susan Thomas)