Millions celebrate Eagles victory with parade in Philly
PHILADELPHIA (WOLF-TV) —
On Thursday, millions of people packed Center City Philadelphia for the Eagles victory parade, including many from our area.
Before the sun rose, hundreds packed busses in Wilkes-Barre to make the trip to Philadelphia.
“E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES,” exclaimed an excited bus full of fans with Paulson Tours.
On Sunday, quarterback Nick Foles led the team to their first Super Bowl victory.
Everyone we spoke to says this first world championship is long overdue.
Joe Pardini of Pringle has been waiting for this moment his entire life.
But it's a moment many others thought would never happen.
"It's like to movie Rocky. We're the underdog, who don't - you know what I mean?” Pardini asked.
“They don't believe in us. They say, ‘Philadelphia is a bad place to go.’ No!” he exclaimed.
Once they arrived, they joined millions of other fans who made the trip from all over the area.
Some even traveled from across the country.
"I'm president of Eagles headquarters South!"
"I live in Casper Wyoming!"
"I'm from Patterson, Louisiana!"
It's a celebration many say they've been planning their entire lives.
"A long time! Long time! Little girl on my dad's knee,” Angela Kearney, of Pottstown, said.
But some fans luckily didn't have to wait that long.
"I'm ready to see the Eagles. And I'm ready for the parade,” young Jimmy Coyle, of Philadelphia, said.
"There's people waiting down here for sixty years for this to happen. You never know when it's going to happen again, so you have to be a part of it,” Jeff Cavanaugh, of Jessup, said.
"It's been a long time. But, everybody's really pumped up and ready to celebrate,” Christian Francis, of South Abington, exclaimed.
They waited in long lines and cold weather, all for a mere glimpse of those busses carrying the underdogs nearly everyone counted out.
An underdog no more but a title fans cherish.
"Underdogs can win!"
For many people we spoke to, being a Philadelphia fan is more than just a sport. It's a culture; a lifestyle; and a celebration of what brings us all together.
That’s exactly what Thursday’s victory parade was all about.