TAMPA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – In celebration of its historic home game victory, Tampa’s mayor Jane Castor and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicked off the Super Bowl LV boat parade on the Hillsborough River Wednesday afternoon. All boats sailed off from Armature Works on Tampa’s Riverwalk at 1pm.
No Jinxes–and A Promise Kept
When asked about a Super Bowl celebration during the Thank You Tampa Bay virtual press conference on Monday, February 9, Mayor Castor had a pragmatic albeit possibly unexpected answer. She, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee gushed on the success of the Super Bowl LV Experience and the big game Sunday night. In answer to that celebration question, she told reporters that the host committee didn’t have a celebration planned yet because they didn’t want to jinx the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win by planning one in advance, and given the new COVID-19 guidelines, planning one would certainly be different this year compared to any other celebration before. But she made a promise: they would plan one that day, scheduled for some time this week.
And the host committee delivered within 48 hours.
The Buccaneers Played Hard…and Played Harder
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played even harder during the boat parade Wednesday than they played on the field Sunday night–so much so that video has surfaced on social media of wobbling Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady having to be walked off by a colleague after Wednesday’s festivities.
All of the Bucs present–from Vita Vea, to Tanner Hudson, to Mike Evans, to Chris Godwin (to whom Brady promised a Super Bowl in exchange for his jersey number 12)–popped bottles, laughed, drank and made merry with thousands of fans who took time off of work to show up for their Super Bowl champions.
Florida National News Editor Mellissa Thomas contributed to this report. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook, Instagram and YouTube: @floridanationalnews