Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Snow storm forces postponement of Patriots Super Bowl parade

While a couple of New England Patriots stars already got a Disneyland lap of honor in sunny California, the rest of the team will have to wait until Wednesday to get their Super Bowl parade back in snowy Boston.

A ferocious winter storm, which swept across the Northeast and dumped a record-breaking 40 inches of snow on the Patriots' hometown, has forced the postponement of Tuesday's scheduled victory procession.

“Due to today’s bad weather and the worsening forecast for tonight, the New England Patriots and the City of Boston have made the mutual decision to postpone the victory parade,” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement. “We thank everyone for their flexibility and patience during the planning of this parade and we look forward to celebrating with Patriots fans during better weather on Wednesday.”

The parade route — beginning at the Prudential Center, travelling down Boylston and Tremont streets, and ending at City Hall —will not change.

A storm warning was also in place for dozens of cities across the Northeast and Midwest as Boston saw its snowiest seven-day period in the city's history yesterday with 40.2 inches of snow breaking the old record of 31.2 inches in January, 1996. Monday alone saw over a foot of snow fall in one day- another record breaker- with 15.9 inches according to the National Weather Service.

Flights at Boston's Logan Airport were cancelled as the snow continued to fall and temperatures plunged to 12 degrees Monday. Boston schools were also to shut again on Tuesday.

Meanwhile,  while Boston was still digging out, Julian Edelman and Malcom Butler — whose last-second interception helped the Patriots clinch the title —  performed a special lap of honor with Mickey Mouse at the Disney theme park.

Just guessing that the Patriots fans, still partying after Sunday's stunning Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, won't mind extending the celebration another day.

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