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Kansas City Chiefs Celebrate Super Bowl Win With Victory Parade – NBC Connecticut

Missouri police said the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade route was “100 secure” after an impaired driver and another person taking a “joy ride” drove through a barricade along the route where thousands of fans were gathering to celebrate the team’s first championship in 50 years.

Police intercepted the vehicle with stop sticks and a PIT maneuver soon after the car tore through the barrier on the north side of the route around 8:15 a.m., KSHB-TV reported, citing local police. Two people were taken into custody,” police said.

Mayor Quinton Lucas praised the quick response of the officers who responded, who were cheered by fans who witnessed the incident.

“We have even more heroes to cheer today,” Lucas said.

The incident came as the Chiefs are bringing home a Super Bowl trophy, following the team’s come-from-behind 31-20 win against San Francisco.

Fans camped out overnight to reserve choice spots along the parade route, which will take the team from the intersection of Sixth Street and Grand Boulevard to the rally outside Union Station.

“This is so awesome,” said Shauntel Lyons, 40, of Kansas City, who was a Chiefs cheerleader from 2003 to 2005. “I learned so many great lessons from my time with the team. To see them bring home that trophy after 50 years is so gratifying. I’m just glad to be part of it.”

Fans bundled up for chilly conditions and the forecast said 2 to 3 inches of snow were possible during the parade.

City staff that aren’t involved in public safety or other essential services will be freed of their duties to watch the parade, which starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends with a rally in front of the city’s Union Station.

The Kansas Legislature took the day off to celebrate and their Missouri counterparts scheduled a light workday. Many area businesses also planned to close or open on a reduced schedule. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, the emergency room at the main downtown hospital will be open, but appointments and some surgeries were being rescheduled or moved.

When the Royals won the World Series in 2015, an estimated 800,000 people flocked to the victory parade, shattering expectations in a city with a population of about 470,000 and a metropolitan area of about 2 million. Cellphone towers were overwhelmed by the throngs, and motorists began parking along side of the interstate and walking as exits jammed.

The city has learned from that experience and is making adjustments, adding a temporary cell tower and increasing the number of portable toilets to 700 from 200. Officials also are boosting the number of lost child stations — something that was deemed crucial after about 100 youngsters became separated from their caretakers in 2015.

The city will again provide free shuttles, but will drop parade-goers further from the route to prevent buses from becoming trapped in traffic as happened during the Royals parade.

Kansas City police Major Chip Huth said law enforcement from 19 surrounding agencies will help to provide security for the masses.

“The main thing we have learned,” he said, “is that we need to be ahead of the response.”

The weather will make it particularly difficult getting home, warned National Weather Service meteorologist Jimmy Barham. He said the snowfall will start at relatively light and will be at its heaviest during the rally, falling at a rate of half an inch (1.2 centimeters) an hour.

“One of our messages is it probably won’t be bad getting to the parade but there will be hazardous conditions leaving the parade,” Barham said.

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