Amateur footage has captured a horrifying brawl on the streets of Boston after the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade.
Authorities say a dozen people were arrested at the Patriots’ championship parade, five of whom were involved in a violent fight near the end of the parade route.
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Mobile phone vision captured mortified bystanders watching a large group of men trading brutal blows on a sidewalk in town.
Several men can be seen copping full-blooded punches to the head and tackling each other to the ground, as people flew in from all side’s to get involved in the fracas.
More disturbingly though, is the vision of a man being kicked on the ground after he’d already been felled by a punch.
Boos can be heard on the recording as the offender puts a hoodie over his face and quickly leaves the scene.
Incredibly, no major injuries were reported after the fight erupted mid-afternoon – some time after the parade had ended.
Police say seven of those arrested during the team’s Super Bowl victory ride through downtown Boston were juveniles and that many charges were alcohol-related.
It was reportedly one of the largest crowds Boston has seen for a championship parade, with hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets.
The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53 at Atlanta to win their third NFL crown in five seasons and sixth in 18 campaigns.
Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, six-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Belichick and Julian Edelman, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, held the championship trophy high into the air for all to see from the back of a truck.
Other teammates rode in the city’s famous “duck boats” — vehicles that can handle streets or water — and waved at cheering spectators in unusually warm weather of 61 degrees (16 Celsius) under partly cloudy skies.
Police even got in on the fun, with a video capturing them partaking in a humorous goal-kicking drill – much to the amusement of spectators.
It's good! The Boston Police Department (Official) was kicking field goals at the #Patriots Super Bowl parade.
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Red, white and blue confetti fell along the parade route as screaming fans, many wearing jerseys of their beloved Patriots and some waiting six hours for a prime viewing spot, greeted players along the route from the Hynes Convention Center to City Hall.
Sports championship parades are getting to be common for Boston teams in the 21st Century, with six for the Patriots and Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox enjoying one last October 31 after capturing the World Series for the fourth time in 15 seasons.
The Boston Bruins won the 2011 National Hockey League crown and the Boston Celtics claimed the NBA title in 2008.