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Experts stress safety for fans going to Chiefs 2024 Super Bowl parade

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For a third time in five seasons, thousands will line the downtown streets to celebrate a Super Bowl Championship for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The two-mile parade route is set and prepared, and a number of downtown streets are blocked. Parade-goers should be prepared to walk a long distance since parking spaces will be at a premium.

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The blueprint for parade success came about this time one year ago. Some estimates said hundreds of thousands of people attended the 2023 Super Bowl celebration.

Public health administrators join Kansas City police in encouraging all parade-goers to prepare before they head out for the 11 a.m. parade, which will set the stage for an 12:45 p.m. celebration outside Union Station. Warm weather could bring a record-setting crowd.

Kansas City has celebrated four world championships since 2015, counting the Royals World Series Championship in 2015 and three Super Bowl Championships for the Chiefs.

“If you do celebrate, we ask that you don’t drive,” said Dr. Erica Carney, Kansas City EMS medical director.

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Carney said orthopedic injuries are common, and so are parade-goers who drink too much alcohol. Wednesday’s parade route will include two medical tents, which will be staffed with emergency care workers.

Medical experts make these recommendations to parade patrons:

  • Wear comfortable shoes.

  • Stay hydrated.

  • Familiarize yourself with the parade route ahead of time, including reunification centers where lost family members can be found.

  • Remember where you parked.

  • Don’t count on cell phones to work since the crowd will be huge.

Carney pointed out the hilly areas along the parade route and near Union Station, which could be tricky for some parade-goers.

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“We do not have a good easy egress as options. Sometimes, we can get you a wheelchair, but our wheelchairs are extremely limited and pushing a wheelchair for miles is not the easiest thing to do either,” Carney said.

More than 600 police officers will work the parade route, including some from agencies outside Kansas City, Missouri. KCPD Chief Stacey Graces said officers will be watching, but they won’t always be obvious.

“Every year — and thankfully, we have another year — we get better and better. We look at what we could have done better on the last one, just to make sure its a safer and safer environment for everyone to have fun,” Graves said Monday.

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Police will also watch for unattended bags, as well as drones. Neither of those items will be allowed.

If you’re not headed downtown, you can enjoy live coverage of the parade all day on FOX4 and fox4kc.com.

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