The New England Patriots’ now-traditional (and seemingly near-annual) parade through the streets of Boston is underway on an unseasonably warm day in the city.
There are flatbed trucks and duck boats moving slowly through the streets, with players, coaches, staff and their loved ones celebrating with thousands of fans, some of whom began lining the parade route as early as 7 a.m. ET.
As always, there are crazy, strange and random things that happen.
Rob Kraft rocking bling
One of the oddest was one of the first: before the parade got going, team owner Robert Kraft chatted briefly with media. As he did, he was wearing a diamond-encrusted chain with a giant, two-sided pendant reading “CHAMPIONSHIPS” on one side and “DREAM CHASERS” on the other.
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Amazingly, the septuagenarian Kraft said he got the jewelry from rapper Meek Mill, who has become a friend since Kraft and others stepped in to help get Meek released from jail last year. “Championships” is the name of Meek’s latest album, released a couple of months ago.
Kraft, who has become known for wearing the iconic Nike Air Force 1 shoe even with his suits, was sporting a custom pair for the event:
Shirtless Gronk parties
The Human Party, Rob Gronkowski, not surprisingly took his shirt off at one point. He covered up, so to speak, with a bright yellow vest. Also in full Gronk fashion, he chugged at least one adult beverage.
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