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Going to the Super Bowl parade? Here are some things to know

See below for parade-day travel info., logistics

PHILADELPHIA - When it comes to NFL football, fans in Berks County are showing just how proud they are to be part of Eagles nation, from flocking to stores for Super Bowl merchandise to seeking seats on a bus to the championship parade.

"You have to remember, the fan base is Delaware, New Jersey, Lehigh Valley, you know, Allentown, Reading," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told Sports Radio 94WIP's Angelo Cataldi. "There's a big, wide stretch of folks who love the Eagles."

And those folks attending the championship parade in Philadelphia on Thursday could number in the millions, according to Kenney, who announced details of the "two-part" celebration during a news conference with other city leaders and team representatives on Tuesday.

LINK: What you need to know about Eagles celebration

They said fans should expect some "dramatic surprises" along the five-mile route up Broad Street from the sports complex and along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the celebration will culminate with a ceremony.

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Kenney urged revelers to celebrate with passion and pride. He called troublemakers responsible for vandalism on Sunday night "the knucklehead contingent."

During the post-Super Bowl celebrations, Philadelphia police Commissioner Richard Ross and other officers were hit by thrown bottles, some storefront windows were shattered, and at least one car was rolled onto its side.

"The small number of knuckleheads should stay home," the mayor said.

LINK: Share your celebration photos with WFMZ.com

Getting there from here

As for getting to the celebration from Berks County, Amity Township-based Klein Transportation said it has filled seven buses with hundreds of fans. It has stopped taking reservations. Kutztown-based Bieber Transportation Group is adding two extra buses to its Runs #303 and #306 as a way of accommodating fans.

Fans wishing to drive are being urged by city officials not to go all the way. One option is to take mass transit.

LINK: SEPTA parade day service information

Fans can pay a nominal fee to park their car at the Norristown Transportation Center and then hop on the Norristown High Speed Line for a train ride to the 69th Street Transportation Center, where they can transfer to the Market-Frankford Line.

SEPTA also offers free parking at 10 of its stations along the Norristown line -- DeKalb Street, Gulph Mills, Matsonford, Radnor, Villanova, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore Junction, and Wynnewood Road.

Local service on the Norristown line will operate every 15 minutes on Thursday, according to SEPTA.

Rides on both the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines will be free all day Thursday, thanks to Independence Blue Cross.

LINK: SEPTA Regional Rail service for parade day

Fans can also take a Regional Rail train from either the Elm Street station in Norristown or the Norristown Transportation Center to Jefferson Station in downtown Philadelphia. The first train is set to leave Elm Street at 5:45 a.m. and the transportation center at 5:52 a.m.; there will be no inbound service from Elm Street after approximately 8:01 a.m. and from the transportation center after approximately 8:51 a.m.

The first outbound train is scheduled to leave Jefferson Station at 2 p.m. There will be no service after 9:30 p.m.

Regional Rail riders are encouraged to buy their passes in advance.

Share your celebration photos

If you are attending the Super Bowl celebration in Philadelphia or are hosting a watch party at home or work, we encourage you to share your photos with us by emailing news@wfmz.com or uploading them to our website at WFMZ.com/upload.


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