BOSTON (CBS) — The Super Bowl MVP wants a record number of fans to fill the city streets Tuesday as the Patriots roll through Boston in their celebratory duck boat parade. “I expect two mil. Two million people. We just got six. We just got six. Let’s go!” shouted Julian Edelman after the Pats beat the Rams in Super Bowl LIII Sunday night.
Crews in a Dorchester garage were busy Monday morning building platforms, doing safety checks, and polishing the duck boats to get ready for the rolling rally.
“We’ve got it down to a science. They know what to do,” said Bob Lawler, general manager of Boston Duck Tours.
This is the 12th duck boat parade in Boston since 2002.
“We’re so lucky to be here in Boston,” said Lawler. “There’s nowhere else in the country that gets to experience this.”
There is still confetti stuck to the floorboards of the duck boats from the Red Sox World Series Parade in October. Just three months later, it’s time for another celebration.
“This is something special that we get to do for the city and for our championship teams. How could this get old? It’s fantastic,” said Lawler.
Maureen Collier, owner of Boston Balloon is also busy. She is behind the seemingly endless amount of confetti thrown around during the parade.
“We have three trucks and we load the trucks with all this and boom,” Collier said.
A pound of confetti flies out every second.
Unlike the snowy, cold parade two years ago, Tuesday is supposed to be a beautiful day for a championship parade.
“We’ll have all the canopies open, plenty of fans in the streets. No one has to worry about staying warm. It’s going to be a great day for the city,” said Lawler. “Let’s get everybody out there. Try to get 2 million fans. Have a great time!”
Patriots safety Devin McCourty is echoing Edelman’s call for fans to show up like never before.
“Hopefully the weather works out. Skip work. Everybody’s off in Massachusetts. We’re gonna party,” said McCourty. It looks like his wish will come true.
The parade kicks off from the Hynes Convention center at 11 a.m. Tuesday.