Patriots Super Bowl 2019 victory parade live updates: Rob Gronkowski sips wine; Robert Kraft breaks out bling

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New England Patriots fans line the streets of Boston to celebrate their team's victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. (Reuters)

New England Patriots fans line the streets of Boston to celebrate their team's victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. (Reuters)

By Cindy Boren February 5 at 12:35 PM
They turned out early Tuesday morning, lining the streets on an unseasonably warm morning. If winning another championship is old hat for Bostonians, it wasn’t evident as fans, expected to number as many as 1 million people, partied.
Ninety-seven days after the Red Sox celebrated their World Series victory, it’s the New England Patriots’ turn to ride through the streets of Boston on the city’s iconic duck boats after their 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
This parade, the sixth of the Patriots’ dynasty and the 12th sports championship parade in the city since 2000, carried a stern reminder from Mayor Marty Walsh not to turn cans of beer into projectiles and fans seemed to be respecting that, preferring to toss footballs and things to be signed to be players. Although Rob Gronkowski was drinking wine. From a bottle. An hour into the parade, he was shirtless, save for a neon yellow police vest and was catching the occasional beer tossed his way.
Meanwhile, owner Robert Kraft broke out the bling for the occasion, sporting the diamond-encrusted “CHAMPIONSHIPS” medallion that was a gift from Meek Mill.
The Patriots busted out all six Lombardi trophies for this parade, which differs from its predecessors. Although its destination is City Hall, there will be no speeches there. It’s simply a parade, a 90-minute affair along the two-mile route.
Temperatures in the 50s contributed to the party atmosphere (not that cold weather has stopped fans before). Instead of brews, it was mostly confetti flying through the air.
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During the Patriots’ 2017 parade, players, including Gronkowski, gleefully caught beers from fans and downed them, but flying cans of suds slightly damaged one of the World Series trophies. A bystander reportedly needed stitches after being struck by a can and one fan was arrested. One beer can struck Manager Alex Cora and two others nearly hit Mookie Betts.
“This undoubtedly has to prevent,” Betts told the Bean Town Globe. His family, including his mother, was riding with him.
Tom Brady wasn’t the only one who remembered all the people who wrote off the Patriots. ESPN’s Max Kellerman got the clown nose treatment.
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