Delaware County’s Media Borough was a sea of green on Sunday afternoon as many Delaware Valley residents attended the “Birds Pep Rally Parade” in the lead-up to Super Bowl Sunday.
“Go Birds” and the “Fly Eagles Fly” fight song, along with other Eagles chants, resounded throughout the parade and pep rally as Eagles fans hope their local team wins it all on Sunday.
At the same time, other Eagles fans were attending the Super Bowl send-off on the 30-yard line of Lincoln Financial Field before the team headed to Arizona for the week.
Kane Kalas, son of the late legendary Philadelphia broadcaster Harry Kalas, served as emcee for the event. Kalas provided musical entertainment along with his band in front of Spasso Italian Grill as they included swingin’ American Songbook titles from his debut album High Hopes.
“This whole event was put together in just a couple of days, so we’re thankful everything worked out the way it did today,” Kalas said. “Our Eagles are going to be flying next Sunday, and I believe they’ll finish out on top.”
Michelle Mcgarvey and Tizianna Perry are both Media residents attending the parade as they displayed their support for the Eagles.
“This is a fun event because everyone in the whole town is gathered and united for the big game,” Mcgarvey said. “Everybody is happy and nobody is miserable.”
“Delaware County Eagles fans are some of the best in the area. Not many other communities have a parade like this before a game, so it’s a special feeling,” Perry said. “My husband didn’t come because he’s superstitious about the game, but it has been a great turnout for our community.”
The parade began in front of the Media Theatre and proceeded down State Street as a high turnout of local fans gathered to spread team spirit while wearing green.
“Nobody does a parade like Delco does a parade, and I want to thank everyone for coming out today,” Delaware County Council Chair Monica Taylor, Ph.D. said. “We want to acknowledge some of our other local elected officials in attendance today, including District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer and state Sen. Tim Kearney.”
Businesses in the Media Borough also benefited.
“When our local teams do well, so do our local businesses. This is a great opportunity for the community to support them and help them continue to grow,” Taylor said.
Delaware Valley residents have to wait another week to watch the big game. The Eagles take on the Kansas Chiefs at 6:30 p.m. on FOX in what is expected to be a memorable game.