Following their 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their fans can look forward to the ceremonial NFL championship parade. When is the parade taking place, and will it be any different compared to past celebrations?
The Buccaneers’ Super Bowl parade will take place “later this week”
In years past, the Super Bowl champion or the winner of any major American sport would have their parade the following Tuesday or Wednesday. However, as we know, few things are “typical” anymore. That won’t stop the city of Tampa from honoring their Super Bowl champions.
On Monday, Mayor Jane Castor joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and members of the Tampa Super Bowl host committee for a closing press conference. The mayor told reporters a parade or celebration would happen later in the week.
“We’re in talks right now, so we’re hoping that by tomorrow or Wednesday, we should have more definitive information,” the mayor said at the Tampa Convention Center. The time and date, including where it can be watched will follow once decisions have been made.
Safety will be the number one priority for people in attendance
It doesn’t take a keen eye to know there are varying levels of care being taken by people in public. Anytime you go into a store, it’s hit and miss who is wearing a mask. That was on display at the Super Bowl, especially after thousands of Tampa residents flooded the streets to celebrate. We all saw this coming, right?
Mayor Castor even commented on seeing videos of those partying without masks or social distancing. She then doubled down and made a rather dubious claim when asked about the Super Bowl parade plans.
“How do you have a celebration going forward when you know that people are going to come out like that?” a reporter asked.
“First of all, we won’t invite any of those individuals to the celebration,” she said.
Plans are still being put together at this moment, but ideally, everyone will be able to participate in celebrating the Bucs’ first championship since 2003. “Everybody will be able to participate and participate safely,” Castor said. “We are looking at the best celebration that allows the most individuals to celebrate safely.”
Disney cancels its Super Bowl parade traditions amid health risks
Walt Disney World has already canceled this year’s annual Super Bowl parade. However, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski will still be heading to Disney World.
The duo filmed their obligatory “We’re going to Disney World” spot following their Super Bowl win. The annual commercial dates back to 1987 when New York Giants QB Phil Simms said the iconic line.
Tampa could use a similar parade structure used by the Lightning for the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl win
Winning is apparently contagious in Tampa. They are now planning their second championship parade in five months following the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl triumph. Following their return to the ice to conclude the 2019-2020 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning captured the Stanley Cup trophy.
Rather than a traditional parade, the city held a boat parade given the city’s location. The event took place along the Riverwalk and Hillsborough River. They held the championship celebration at Raymond James Stadium following the parade. Why not use the same route and take the trophy right back to where the Bucs won their Super Bowl?
Mayor Castor alluded to a boat parade being a possible option for Tampa Bay.
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