Eagles draw massive crowd to Super Bowl parade

Doug Pederson walked the parade route with the Lombardi Trophy in hand and offering hordes of fans lining the streets of Philadelphia a championship moment of their own.

The Eagles' head coach and players, many of whom rode through crowded streets in trucks and open-air double-decker busses, were flanked by fans who had arrived along the parade route as much as nine hours before the festivities began Thursday morning.

CBS News reported the City of Philadelphia estimated about 2 million fans were along the parade route to see players and families pass by in a fleet of four busses.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Eagles fans wave a flag outside City Hall before festivities begin on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl LII championship with a victory parade. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles cheer ahead of the team's Super Bowl Championship parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Feb 8, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson holds the Lombardi trophy during Super Bowl LII champions parade. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans celebrate during the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Philadelphia Eagles players during the team's Super Bowl Victory Parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Quarterback Nick Foles, left, of the Philadelphia Eagles takes pictures during their Super Bowl Victory Parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans await the start of the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade from the top of an apartment building on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans celebrate with the Philadelphia Eagles during their NFL Super Bowl victory parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fletcher Cox #91, Brandon Graham #55, and Vinny Curry #75 celebrate during the Super Bowl LII parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans crowd the streets to watch a Super Bowl victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Philadelphia Eagles players ride busses during their Super Bowl Victory Parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Punter Donnie Jones of the Philadelphia Eagles holds the Vince Lombardi trophy during their Super Bowl Victory Parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Philadelphia Eagles fans stand on the window ledges of the Ritz Carlton Hotel during the team's Super Bowl Victory Parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Beau Allen, right, of the Philadelphia Eagles during their Super Bowl Victory Parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Philadelphia Eagles players ride busses during their Super Bowl Victory Parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans watch the jumbotron during the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans bundled against the cold await the start of the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Championship parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans celebrate during the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl ceremony on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans bundled against the cold await the start of the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Championship parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans bundled against the cold await the start of the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Championship parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Feb 8, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The Philadelphia Eagles approach city hall on the Super Bowl LII parade route in Philadelphia. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 8, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles fans line the Super Bowl LII championship parade route outside City Hall. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 8, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (L) and quarterback Nate Sudfeld (M) and quarterback Carson Wentz (R) ride atop a bus on the Super Bowl LII parade route in Philadelphia. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 8, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A Philadelphia police officer carries a Philadelphia Eagles flag along the Super Bowl LII Championship parade route on broad street. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 8, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles fans line the Super Bowl LII Championship parade route outside City Hall. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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A replay of Super Bowl LII played on a massive screen in front of city hall. On one corner in South Philadelphia, a fan rolled a casket behind the barricade separating the fans from the parade with a sign reading "We buried the Patriots."

Eagles center Jason Kelce dressed as a mummer and right tackle Lane Johnson invited fans to toss players beer along the route. Kelce stopped at one point, beer in hand, to sign an autograph for a Philadelphia police officer in his ticket book.

The Eagles are celebrating Sunday's win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, the first championship for the franchise since 1960.

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NFL Football - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots - Super Bowl LII - U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - February 4, 2018 Philadelphia Eagles�Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins during the national anthems before the game REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
NFL Football - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots - Super Bowl LII - U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - February 4, 2018. Philadelphia Eagles? Alshon Jeffery scores a touchdown. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) carries the ball after a catch past Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (93) during the first quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes a touchdown catch against New England Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe (25) during the first quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Brandin Cooks #14 of the New England Patriots is tended to by the trainers after sustaining an injury during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Brandin Cooks #14 of the New England Patriots is tended to by the trainers after sustaining an injury during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Patrick Robinson #21 of the Philadelphia Eagles and Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots are seperated by Malcolm Jenkins #27 after they exchange words after the whistle during the second quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots drops a pass inteded for him from teammate Rob Gronkowski #87 (not pictured) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Stephen Gostkowski (L) of the New Enlgand Patriots walks off the filed following an unsuccessful field goal attempt against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl LII at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Corey Clement #30 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes the catch defended by Jordan Richards #37 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: The New England Patriots defense tackles Nelson Agholor #13 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 celebrates with David Andrews #60 of the New England Patriots during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles bobbles the pass under pressure from Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots as teamamte Duron Harmon #30 (not pictured) intercepts the ball in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Corey Clement (L) of the Eagles scores against the Patriots during Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY / ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots makes a catch defended by Rodney McLeod #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a 26-yard touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a 5-yard pass for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots has the ball stripped by Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles late in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammates after forcing a fumble by Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots (not pictured) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after fumbling the ball during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Current players paid homage to Eagles' legends with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox honoring Reggie White with a No. 92 jersey and left tackle Jason Peters wearing newly inducted Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins' No. 20 jersey.

Fans from all corners of the United States made their way to Philadelphia.

One fan interviewed by NPR said he was from Tampa, Fla., and made the drive to spread his father's ashes during the parade.

Others cried and embraced over a moment they said they did not expect to share.

--Field Level Media

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