Eagles fans flock to Philadelphia to revel in 1st Super Bowl win

Philadelphia's first Super Bowl parade ended in a raucous, emotional rally as hundreds of thousands of partying Eagles fans jammed the streets leading to the city's famed "Rocky" steps to revel in an NFL title many thought would never come.

Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed city's main thoroughfares

Eagles fans trickle in before the team's Super Bowl LII championship parade in Philadelphia on Thursday. (Corey Perrine / Getty Images)

Philadelphia's first Super Bowl parade ended in a raucous, emotional rally as hundreds of thousands of partying Eagles fans jammed the streets leading to the city's famed "Rocky" steps to revel in an NFL title many thought would never come.

Fans clad in Eagles green lined up 20 deep in spots to catch a glimpse of the champs, who rode in open-top, double decker buses before taking to the art museum steps that Sylvester Stallone made famous for a rally nearly 60 years in the making.

Nick Foles hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy as team owner Jeffrey Lurie, left, Nate Sudfeld and Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles ride on a parade truck during festivities on Thursday. The city celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl LII championship with a victory parade. (Corey Perrine / Getty Images)

"This Super Bowl championship is for you," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie told the vast crowd. "You are the most passionate and deserving sports fans on the planet. We couldn't have done it without you."

Added Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles: "We finally did it. We're Super Bowl champs!"

The players got into the Philly spirit. Centre Jason Kelce walked the parade route in an outlandishly sequined Mummers getup — a nod to Philadelphia's raucous annual parade on New Year's Day — slapping fans' hands and leading them in a profane chant broadcast on live TV. Defensive end Chris Long wore a full-length, fake fur coat atop an Allen Iverson 76ers jersey.

Chris Long and Bryan Braman of the Philadelphia Eagles take part in the team's Super Bowl win festivities on Thursday. (Corey Perrine / Getty Images)

Coach Doug Pederson carried the Lombardi Trophy past the cheering throngs, while Lurie held a sign saying "THANK YOU FANS" while standing next to the team's three quarterbacks: Foles, injured starter Carson Wentz and third-stringer Nate Sudfeld.

Dan Tarvin, 29, was pumped after getting to high-five Pederson and GM Howie Roseman, who was instrumental in putting together a squad expected to compete for championships for years to come.

"They are more than heroes. They're legends. They're immortal in this city, forever," Tarvin said.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson walks along the parade route with the Lombardi Trophy during the Super Bowl LII victory parade on Thursday. (Michael Perez / The Associated Press)

Natasha Curley, 31, a janitor from Trenton, New Jersey, said the Super Bowl victory silences fans of despised rivals like the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.

"This stops all the hate," she said. "They got nothing to say now."

The parade caps a glorious week for jubilant fans celebrating an NFL title that had eluded them for nearly 60 years. Led by the backup quarterback Foles and second-year coach Pederson, the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday night.

Schools, museums, courts, government offices and even the Philadelphia Zoo were shut down so the city could fete an underdog Eagles team that few outside Philadelphia thought had a prayer of beating the mighty Patriots led by superstar quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.

Organizers prepared for as many as 2 million people, though city officials have said they aren't planning to release a crowd estimate — making any number a guess as easily inflatable as a football (sorry Pats fans).

Fans line up before a Super Bowl victory parade for the Eagles on Thursday in Philadelphia. (Alex Brandon / The Associated Press)

Craig Moyer, of Downingtown, said he came to the parade to honour his late mother.

"She was an Eagles fan who used to tell me about the old championship games. So this is for her. We're down here for her," he said.

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