PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is urging “knuckleheads” to stay home during the Eagles’ Super Bowl Championship celebration on Thursday.
The city announced Tuesday further plans for the parade which is expected to start at 11 a.m. along Broad Street and Pattison Avenue.
The mayor said the city is anticipating tremendous crowds.
“Potentially topping the number that turned out in 2008 for the Phillies,” said Kenney.
The celebration will step off at Lincoln Financial Field between 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursday and shoot up Broad Street, then out the Parkway to the Art Museum.
The parade will conclude at 12:10 p.m. and the ceremony will follow at 1 p.m.
Fourteen jumbotrons will be in place and 850 porta johns have already been hauled in.
“We’ve heard numbers and reports of how many people are coming. We know we can fit 3 million people on the parkway. A lot of people are going to arrive early to get the best vantage point,” said Fred Stein of the Creative Group.
Philadelphia police and the Department of Homeland Security are also finalizing security plans.
“This is a celebration. It is not merely a parade. There are two parts: one the parade, two the ceremony,” said Eagles President Don Smolenski. “‘It will be dramatic. This city has been preparing for this for decades.”
Police are asking those planning to attend to not leave bags unattended and report any suspicious activity.
City officials also announced the SEPTA Market/Frankford and Broad Street lines will be free for the Eagles’ parade.
There will also be service adjustments, including limited stops on Regional Rail for service to-and-from Center City. Regional Rail will operate inbound-only in the morning and outbound-only after the parade.
SEPTA estimates 400,000 people will ride on its rail network to head into the parade, and 100,000 to 150,000 may be able to get close to the parade through bus lines.
Anyone riding the Regional Rail will have to purchase special “Independence Passes” for Thursday as 50,000 passes will be available. They can be purchased in advance on SEPTA’s website.
“Really understand that we can carry about 500-550,000 people to the parade and ceremony, so if we have about 2 million people at the parade, that means we can carry about one in four,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel.
Officials say regular fares will apply for all other SEPTA services. For more information on SEPTA routes on the day of the parade, click here.