By Connor Hamill, news correspondent
Boston was in celebration mode Tuesday after an overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons gave the New England Patriots their fifth Super Bowl win. Thousands of fans flocked to the center of the city to witness the championship parade and to celebrate their team’s historic victory.
Despite the snowy, cold weather conditions, fans cheered as Duck Boats and tractor trailers slowly rolled down Boylston Street, holding sports icons such as Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and the star of the show, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
People lined up by the barricades hours in advance to secure a spot, reflecting on what made their team so successful.
“The chemistry, and Bill Belichick is a phenomenal coach,” said Ashley Styles, a resident from the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood.
The parade procession began at about 11 a.m. on Boylston Street next to the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, turned onto Tremont Street by the Boston Common and ended at Boston City Hall around 1 p.m.
It wasn’t just the win that made this crowd jubilant, but the manner in which the Patriots pulled it off. Not only was this the first Super Bowl game to go into overtime, but it was also the first time that a football team came back to win the Super Bowl after being down by 25 points anytime during the game.
Married couple Kelly and John Dreary drove from Thompson, Connecticut, to witness the parade. Kelly Dreary said she was especially excited to attend because it was the Patriots fifth ring, more Super Bowl wins than any other team.
She said she was confident that the Patriots would be back next year to defend their title.
“Yeah, absolutely [we’re going to win again],” Kelly Dreary said. “Number six, here we go.”
Despite confidence in the team’s ability, John Dreary was said he was amazed by the Patriot’s effort in the Super Bowl this year.
“Usually we’re not a comeback team, but we brought it home,” John Dreary said.
For some fans, missing the parade was not an option because of Tom Brady. Fans know that Brady, who is 39 years old, might not be able to play many more seasons.
“[We came] because it’s number five and we might not ever get a parade with Tom Brady ever again,” said Sarah Massey, a fan from the Fenway neighborhood of Boston.
Photo by Dylan Shen