KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Stacey Stauch has one query on her thoughts because the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs put together to have a good time their third Super Bowl title in 5 seasons with a parade.
“We’re all questioning: Will Taylor present up?” the paralegal mentioned throughout a visit to the Chiefs-bedecked Union Station, the place Wednesday’s parade will finish. Becoming a member of Stauch was her 11-year-old daughter, Rilynn, and two of Rilynn’s buddies.
As commentators rigorously in contrast speeding totals throughout the Chiefs’ come-from-behind, 25-22 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday evening, Rilynn was doing her personal calculations. What number of instances did the CBS broadcast reduce to Taylor Swift as her boyfriend Travis Kelce made a number of key performs?
Rilynn, who counted 13 photographs of Swift, desires of catching a glimpse of the pop famous person and Kelce throughout the parade festivities, which coincide with Valentine’s Day. And she or he simply may need talked her mother into taking her.
“I feel everybody will go loopy,” mentioned Rilynn, who wore a “Karma is My Tight Finish” T-shirt. That’s a reference to Swift altering a lyric in her track “Karma” from “Karma is the man on the display screen” to “Karma is the man on the Chiefs” throughout a live performance in Buenos Aires. She additionally owns a “Go Taylor’s Boyfriend” T-shirt.
Swift has not commented on her plans. However it could be a decent scheduling feat. She must be in Melbourne, Australia, which is 17 hours forward of Kansas Metropolis, by 6 p.m. Friday for the primary of three scheduled live shows on her Eras Tour. And the flight itself takes about 17 hours.
Faculty cancellation bulletins started simply minutes after Kelce, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs turned the primary workforce since Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 20 years in the past to defend their title.
“LET’S HAVE A PARADE WEDNESDAY!!!” Kansas Metropolis Mayor Quinton Lucas posted on X, previously referred to as Twitter, after the nail-biter ended, the put up coming not lengthy after he commented, “Take them coronary heart tablets.”
Unseasonably heat temperatures within the 60s Fahrenheit (15-20 Celsius) — and the chance, distant although it is likely to be, of a Swift look — are anticipated to spice up attendance. Companies alongside the parade path are turning the day right into a viewing get together for his or her staff.
Crews already are blocking streets at Union Station, the place the 2-mile (3.22-kilometer) route will conclude with speeches. By noon Monday, the stage the place the workforce will ship its speeches was partially constructed, an enormous Chiefs’ flag waving exterior.
Earlier this month, the Kansas Metropolis Council licensed the Better Kansas Metropolis Sports activities Fee to spend almost $1 million on the festivities. In addition to Valentine’s Day. the parade additionally coincides with Ash Wednesday, which is the standard begin of Lent.
The Rev. Poese Vatikani is hoping to make it, though Ash Wednesday duties might complicate his plans.
He had a conversion of kinds when he moved from Honolulu to Missouri. A former 49ers fan, he adopted the Chiefs, even donning a Mahomes wig on the pulpit Sunday, his congregation a sea of purple.
“That is how life is. Don’t surrender,” the senior pastor at Carrollton United Methodist Church mentioned, sharing his plans for a sermon concerning the win, as he stopped at Union Station to take photos along with his spouse, Doris Vatikani, on Monday. Each have been decked out in purple. Doris, who celebrated the victory with a hula dance, wore a flower behind her ear.
After a long time with no championship, town is gaining expertise with victory parades. 5 seasons in the past, the Chiefs defeated the 49ers for the workforce’s first Tremendous Bowl championship in 50 years. That adopted the Kansas Metropolis Royals successful the World Collection in 2015, town’s first baseball championship in 30 years. That 12 months, followers deserted their vehicles on the aspect of the freeway so they might stroll to the celebration.
Then, final 12 months, the Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 and prophetically vowed they might be again for extra.
The most recent victory parade will begin at 11 a.m. and final about 90 minutes. But when previous years are a information, getting a primary spot will likely be no straightforward feat. Followers usually sleep in a single day or arrive earlier than dawn.
Heather Smith, 39, braved it final 12 months. And she or he is pondering doing so once more after letting her 9-year-old son keep up late to observe the nailbiter of a end. On Monday, she pulled him and his 6-year-old sister out of faculty, taking them to Union Station to pose in entrance of a Chiefs signal.
“It was simply actually enjoyable,” mentioned Smith, who moved to Kansas Metropolis from Minnesota simply because the wave of championships started. “We tried to carry the youngsters up as a lot as we might so they might see. However it was simply cool to be part of it. It’s been actually cool the final 9 years to be down right here between the Royals and the Chiefs.”