Philly parade attendance estimated at 700,000

AP

More than nine months after 70,000 fans showed up for the draft, 10 times that amount turned up to celebrate the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win.

Via Tom Avril of Philly.com, experts estimated that roughly 700,000 attended Thursday’s parade in Philadelphia.

That’s well short of some of the estimates that had been projected, with anywhere from two million to three million being predicted. It’s still a very impressive showing, without question.

And as to those guesses of two million or more fans, one expert said that there simply wasn’t enough space for that many people. Indeed, at some point the crowd is so far away from the action that there’s simply no point in even being there.

45 responses to “Philly parade attendance estimated at 700,000

  1. I remember when the Philadelphia Stars won the USFL Championship in 1984, they had a parade that an estimated 250,000 attended. The press at the time said that was impressive, but added that when the 76ers won the NBA title a few years prior, 1.2 million people attended. I’m surprised the Eagles crowd didn’t surpass that.

    But, at the same time, who really knows how accurate any of these numbers are?

  2. Pretty weak number for a team that never won anything before.
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    Gotta love the internet. Even though it was explained in the article that they were out of space, someone’s gotta say something nasty about it.

  3. The Phillies drew over a million, this was close to twice as big.
    They are only looking at the crowd where the parade ended…but the parade route was also jammed with people, all 5 miles of it.

  4. Pretty weak number for a team that never won anything before.
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    Gotta love the internet. Even though it was explained in the article that they were out of space, someone’s gotta say something nasty about it.
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    Get a bigger city

  5. “Pretty weak number for a team that never won anything before.”

    It was a parade. How many road games did this fan base take over? What was the makeup of the SB crowd? How do you think London will be? Nothing about us Eagles fans is weak….

  6. That number is waaaaayyyyy off.

    I’m guessing this was just the number on the Parkway leading to the Art Museum, and they didn’t count the folks on Broad St. This was much bigger that the Phillies parade, and that one was well over 1 million.

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    WEAK

    Boston goes well over a million every time.

    lmao

    How many showed up for the runners-up parade?

    At least Josh McDaniels was able to be there!

  8. None of these crowd estimates are accurate. Even the 2016 Cubs WS parade numbers range from 5 million (the most reported one because everybody loves big numbers) all the way down to 1.3 million. Do people really think twice the population of the entire city fit along a narrow parade route? Heck no. Same goes for Boston’s numbers.

  9. Fake news, the place was packed 10 deep at the side walks, 25 deep at the inter sections for 5 miles. There was at least 50 people in front of every store front. There 700k at the museum. U literally couldnt move for miles. It took about 10 minutes to go a block, squeezing through everyone.

  10. It astounds me that the Inquirer is this incompetent. They are drawing from just the numbers at where the parade ended, which was in front of the Art Museum. The parade route began at the stadium, close to 5 miles away from where it ended. Every square inch of that route was packed with fans. As someone who was present at both the Phillies and Eagles parades, there is no question that this crowd was massively larger than the Phillies one. True journalism apparently is dead, but at the end of the day who cares. The Eagles are World Champions!

  11. 700,000? Maybe there were 700,000 on the first few blocks on Broad Street. The crowd was much bigger than the 2008 Phillies parade and that was estimated at 1.2 million.

  12. There was far more than 700k at that parade.

    I was at the 75 Flyers, 83 Sixers, and 08 Phils parades attended by an estimated 1 to 2 mill and this parade was had many MANY more people than those, without question.

  13. “Pretty weak number for a team that never won anything before.”

    It was a parade. How many road games did this fan base take over? What was the makeup of the SB crowd? How do you think London will be? Nothing about us Eagles fans is weak….
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    To steal a line from the breakfast club eagle fan is “demented and sad yet social”.
    I don’t get this whole we take over the road mentality. who really cares? Most people have responsibilities like work and family and don’t dump their life savings into a football team because they have nothing else going for them. You realize this is it after the parade. Nothing really happens now. you go back to your regular life and this means nothing. you can keep looking in the mail for a championship ring or a check for winning the SB but it is not coming.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    WEAK

    Boston goes well over a million every time.

    lmao
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    Once you add Goodell and his family and friend, the refs and their families and firends, and the rest of NFL offices then yeah they will have more.

  15. There was easily 2 million at the parade. The # in the article was a # given by school engineers in Manchester England. The parade and crowd went from the stadium..down Broad Street, past City Hall and down the Parkway to the steps of the Art Museum. There were 700,000 fans alone there.

  16. Some FACTS. Crowd estimates are never right. The Phillies World Series was estimated at 750,000. The Pope coming to Philly was estimated at 800,000.

    I was at all three. I can tell you, yesterday felt way bigger than both. I was at the Art Museum standing about 20 feet from Jay Ajayi and I’d guess there were 400,000 people there ALONE. It was ridiculous. A group of friends were all the way back at 26th Street standing. That means there were people packed for 1/4th of a mile, at least. Back to back like sardines.

    There weren’t 3 million. No way.

    700,000 sounds brutally light to me. If they’re going by at the Art Museum alone? Sure, maybe.

    To put that in perspective, that’s like fitting 700,000 people in Cowboy’s Stadium.

    Uber was running at 7.8 times their normal rates. Highest in history. Lyft at 8.9 times their normal rates. Standing in line and getting from 30th Street Station to Wynnewood took a friend until 11:49pm. They started in line at 3:15pm. That’s 13 miles.

    I call at least “interesting” on the estimate.

  17. I was there. In the park area leading up to the museum. I believe that number to be correct. Throughout the whole parade route. Way way more. Just a sea of people.

  18. castropigsocks says:
    February 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    The Phillies drew over a million, this was close to twice as big.
    They are only looking at the crowd where the parade ended…but the parade route was also jammed with people, all 5 miles of it.

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    No they counted the entire route. These aren’t amateurs.

  19. This is total nonsense…I’m not saying there was 3 million, but there was def more than 700k…I was there, the parade stretched for like 5 miles the crowds dense everywhere along the route…People were saying how much bigger the parade was than the Phillies in 08’…I wasn’t at that one, but that was more than a mile shorter. The crowds were so dense around the art museum even at 7:30 in the morning 5 1/2 hours before the parade would eventually get there. They closed the entire school district of philly and MANY schools in south jersey.

  20. Don’t tell an Eagles fan that only 700k fans attended. They’ll take it as a personal attack and start acting ridiculous. The local news keeps saying 3.5 million. The way everyone is acting here is insane, I befriended multiple people

  21. mrbiggstuff says:
    February 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    WEAK

    Boston goes well over a million every time.

    lmao

    How many showed up for the runners-up parade?

    At least Josh McDaniels was able to be there!

    22 6 Rate This

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    5 rings
    in the cap era

    end of story

    philly not big time and never has been

    mickey mouse level

    enjoy 2nd rate fans and teams!

  22. @Michael LaRocca, Business Editor says:

    Fear kept the others away.
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    Actually jobs and living out of state kept many away.

  23. pkrlvr says:
    February 9, 2018 at 11:56 am
    Youknowimright says:
    Pretty weak number for a team that never won anything before.
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    Gotta love the internet. Even though it was explained in the article that they were out of space, someone’s gotta say something nasty about it.
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    Well, Patriots fans are universally considered the worst fans in all of sports, so there’s no surprise there. They have ruined PFT the past several years whining in every single thread about Brady/ Goodell/ Deflategate. They are lousy winners and sore losers.

  24. joshgordonsbong says:
    February 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    funny espn just told malcom jenkins on tv it was 2 mill…

    No one is interested in the truth. They only want to hear what supports their agenda.

    If it was more, people would scoff at them being inflated statistics. If it were less, people criticize them for being unauthentic and inaccurate.

    One stat that isn’t debatable is simple: The final score.

    And some people clearly can’t handle it.

  25. 700k on the parkway. The 4 miles of Broad St preceding that, packed 10-20 rows deep the entire way takes that to a minimum of 2 million and likely much more.

    Not that it really matters. It was a hell of an enjoyable day regardless of meaningless crowd estimates. Another wonderful show put on by city organizers and protected by Philly’s finest.

  26. tylawspick6 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    5* rings
    in the cap era

    end of story

    philly not big time and never has been

    mickey mouse level

    enjoy 2nd rate fans and teams!

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    Eagles one superbowl ring. Never cheated. No asterisk needed.

  27. Yeah, well, it’s just a shame for you cheater New England fans. It’s not my fault that Philadelphia’s backup QB is known for being hung like a horse & your whining, cheating QB is known for how deflated his balls are. I get it. You guys got beat by a better team with a backup QB. That must sting. Now get out of the way, losers. 41-33. Suck it.

  28. The Philthydelphia football fans know they’ll never get another Super Bowl win so they had to maximize their opportunity here – this team is a disgusting blend of snowflake whining with passive aggressive tripe. There is precious little actual talent here and it is led by a stupid and common-sense-lacking QB whose only skill is to run and that will diminish as he keeps forgetting to get out of bounds.

    You’ve seen the best from this team. They are simply full of themselves with arrogance and the pieces assembled are not team players and they will fracture the moment they start losing.

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