Phinally!!! A Championship Parade in Philadelphia!

If you live in Philadelphia, you’ve heard about the parade in 1980.  And if you’ve lived here long enough, you’ve heard the story evolve.  Every year that the Phillies ended their season without a World Series ring, descriptions of the parade grew bigger and better.  After a couple of decades, what started out as a journalistic account turned into a confetti-filled fairy tale.

When the Phillies last won the World Series, none of the ballgirls were born yet.  We’ve spent our entire lives hearing about the parade in 1980, so it would be understandable if we were a little disappointed.  28 years of build up is hard to live up to.  Besides, the parade occurred on a Friday when the diligent employees of Philadelphia would be at work, and most young Phillies fans would be donning their Halloween costumes for parades at school.

We could easily have been disappointed–but we weren’t.  Instead we had one of the most incredible days of our lives.  We had the amazing opportunity to be in the parade, and to see the 2 million jubilant Phillies fans celebrating from our float.  It was the kind of day that feels like a reward for every minor good thing you have ever done in your life, from flossing your teeth to buying watered-down lemonade from the children down the street. 

Even if there’s another parade in the next 25 years, I promise we will still be talking about this one… and here’s what we’ll be saying:

Teresa
I have never in my life seen that many people all together celebrating; it was such a great time! We were waving at people on the street, people in the trees, people on roofs, people in their apartment buildings, work buildings, even people in parking garages! Every last one of them came out to show the team how great they really are. It was so overwhelming, and it was something I will NEVER forget for the rest of my life. There is no place more deserving of a title than Philadelphia, and it is such a great feeling to be part of the organization that helped finally deliver in 2008. GO PHILS!

Gina
First off, I have never seen that many people before in my life! The parade was arguably the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. I was so happy because I got to see my family, who waited for me at Citizens Bank Way since 9 am that morning. I was nervous I wouldn’t see them because there were so many people but sure enough when we turned the corner my sisters were jumping up and down screaming my name! The fan support on parade day was phenomenal, and almost unexplainable in words.  Congratulations Phillies! You deserve it!

Justine
The sea of red as far as the eye could see, the noise of the crowd, the confetti, the music, and the banners seemed like a dream. I honestly felt like it was something straight out of a movie. The first time “We are the Champions” played and the crowd sang along, my eyes filled up with tears. It was hands down one of the best days and one of the most unforgettable days of my life. I took more pictures than I ever could imagine. I can’t wait to one day tell my kids that I was apart of that 2008 World Series parade. The event was magical and timeless. Thank you Phils Phans for coming out and showing such incredible support! You made that parade a memory that will last forever!

Christy G.
To see and hear all the fans support was absolutely breathtaking. I have never seen so many people in my life and to realize all 2 million of them where Phillies fans was amazing. My favorite part was the people on top of parking garages, bridges, and anything they could think of to get above the crowds to see. The best one was a man dressed in superman hanging from a light post! Priceless! We truly do have the best fans in the world! I have to admit that this parade was one of the coolest days of my life. I will never forget that day.

Lauren
The parade was unlike anything I’ve seen before.  I was on the last float, and as the parade went down Broad Street, people filled into the street after we went by.  It was a sea of millions of people.  Even though almost everyone I knew was at the parade, I could not recognize anyone among the millions of people.  It was a dream come true to be part of the parade.  That was up there with one of the best days of my life.  Hopefully we’ll have another one very soon!!!

Debbie
It was an experience that I will never be able to forget because each year on my birthday I’ll be comparing it to the one I had in 2008.  My birthday was on the 30th, so the day before (29th) the Phillies became the WORLD CHAMPS and the day after (31st) the celebration continued with the parade on Broad Street, a celebration that lasted until Saturday night-can’t compete with that.  The passion and dedication the Philly Phans have for our sports teams really showed true this past Friday….2 million people packed into the city to show their support and thanks for a much needed Championship the team delivered after clinching on Wednesday night.  It was an unbelievable site to see, people in every window, roof, tree, statue, and sidewalk, everywhere you looked there were Phans sporting their Phillies gear, patiently waiting to catch a glimpse of their favorite player(s) to show their support and thanks for such an amazing season!! 

Christy O.
The energy and the excitement from all of the people of Philadelphia were indescribable during Friday’s parade.  Everywhere I looked I could see excited fans!  People were crammed into parking garages, hanging from light posts, and even standing on top of port-o-potties!  I could not stop smiling the whole time we were going down Broad Street!  I felt so lucky to be a part of such a memorable and meaningful experience.   I am so proud of the Phillies and I feel so fortunate to have been a part of the Phillies Championship Season!

Laura
I can honestly say going down Broad Street in a Phillies Float was the coolest experience of my life! Seeing the fans all decked out in their Phillies finest coming out to support their home team almost brought tears to my eyes. It was so awesome to see a city come together and celebrate something we have all been craving for years. I will never forget seeing the sea of people follow our float from city hall until Citizens Bank Park. That day just showed that Philly truly does have the best fans in all of sports!! The parade is a day I was always remember and I only hope that we can all experience it again soon!

Sam
The night before the parade felt like Christmas Eve. I was excited and trying to imagine what it was going to be like riding down Broad Street, but honestly, I don’t think an individual could imagine the atmosphere and environment that the Phillies fans created that day. I have never seen that many people in one place before. It was a continuous sea of red that would never end.

Wheels tried to explain what it was going to be like before the parade and started reminiscing about the 1980 parade, but he said it was indescribable. Now I know exactly what he was talking about. It is extremely hard to find the words that can describe the parade that day. All I know is that the parade was probably the best thing that I have ever been apart of and it is going to be a great story to tell for the rest of my life.

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CONGRATULATIONS FOR:

- Winning the world championship

- Soaring into the overall top 10 at MLBlogs traffic

It was cool to meet Jocelyn and lots of ballgirls during that unforgettable rain delay in the tunnel, and I also posted some videos on my community blog that I shot from the first media doubledecker a couple vehicles in front of you guys. Also great to meet Michele DiV.

Enjoy the reign,

Mark/MLB.com
http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com

Congrats girls! You deserve this. You all worked very hard this season, whether it was all the charity events and fund raisers you work playing softball, or media events, all the way to working the field. All those hard yet fun hours of work really payed off. I know you girls don’t get paid much from an article I read on-line, so I was wondering if you girls got any rewards or rings for the world series? You all deserve it. Congrats again. See you next season.

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- Air Jordan

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