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Chiefs fans are hoping for a Taylor Swift appearance at the victory parade. But his schedule is tight

Stacey Stauch has one question on her mind as the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to celebrate their third Super Bowl title in five seasons with a parade.

“We’re all wondering: Will Taylor show up? » said the paralegal during a trip to Chiefs-adorned Union Station, where Wednesday’s parade will end. Her 11-year-old daughter, Rilynn, and two of Rilynn’s friends joined Stauch.

As commentators carefully compared rushing totals during the Chiefs’ come-from-behind, 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, Rilynn was doing her own math. How many times did the CBS show cut away from Taylor Swift while her boyfriend Travis Kelce was performing several key pieces?

Rilynn, who has counted 13 snaps of Swift, dreams of catching a glimpse of the pop superstar and Kelce during the runway festivities, which coincide with Valentine’s Day. And she might have convinced her mother to take her.

“I think everyone is going to go crazy,” said Rilynn, who was wearing a “Karma is My Tight End” T-shirt. This is a reference to Swift changing the lyrics of her song “Karma” from “Karma is the guy on the screen” to “Karma is the guy from the Chiefs” during a concert in Buenos Aires. She also has a “Go Taylor’s Boyfriend” t-shirt.

Swift has not commented on her plans. But that would be a feat of tight scheduling. She must be in Melbourne, Australia, 17 hours before Kansas City, Friday at 6 p.m. for the first of three concerts scheduled on her Eras tour. And the flight itself lasts about 17 hours.

The school cancellation announcements began just minutes after Kelce, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs became the first team since Tom Brady and the New England Patriots two decades ago to defend their title.

“LET’S HAVE A PARADE ON WEDNESDAY!!!” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, after the argument ended, with the message coming shortly after he commented: “Take them some heart pills.” »

Unseasonably warm temperatures in the 60s Fahrenheit (15-20 Celsius) – and the possibility, however remote, of a Swift appearance – are expected to increase attendance. Businesses along the parade route turn the day into an observation holiday for their workers.

Crews are already blocking streets near Union Station, where the 2.22-mile route will end with speeches. As of midday Monday, the stage where the team will deliver its speeches was partially constructed, a giant Chiefs flag flying outside.

Earlier this month, the Kansas City Council authorized the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission to spend nearly $1 million on the festivities. Besides Valentine’s Day. the parade also coincides with Ash Wednesday, which is the traditional start of Lent.

The Rev. Poese Vatikani hopes to achieve this, although Ash Wednesday functions could complicate his plans.

He had a conversion of sorts when he moved from Honolulu to Missouri. A former 49ers fan, he embraced the Chiefs, even donning a Mahomes wig from the pulpit on Sunday, his congregation a sea of ​​red.

“That’s how life goes. Don’t give up,’ said the senior pastor of Carrollton United Methodist Church, sharing his victory sermon plans, as he stopped at Union Station to take photos with his wife, Doris Vatikani , Monday. Both were adorned in red. Doris, who celebrated the victory with a hula dance, wore a flower behind her ear.

After decades without a championship, the city is gaining experience with victory parades. Five seasons ago, the Chiefs beat the 49ers to win the team’s first Super Bowl championship in 50 years. This followed the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series in 2015, the city’s first baseball championship in 30 years. That year, fans abandoned their cars on the side of the highway so they could walk to the celebration.

Then last year the Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 and prophetically promised they would come back for more.

The final victory parade will begin at 11 a.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. But if past years are any guide, securing a top spot will be no easy feat. Fans often sleep at night or arrive before sunrise.

Heather Smith, 39, braved it last year. And she thought about it again after letting her 9-year-old son stay up late to watch the race finish. On Monday, she pulled him and his 6-year-old sister out of school and took them to Union Station to pose in front of a Chiefs sign.

“It was really, really fun,” said Smith, who moved to Kansas City from Minnesota just as the championship surge began. “We tried to hold the kids back as much as possible so they could see. But it was just cool to be a part of it. It’s been really cool the last nine years to be here between the Royals and the Chiefs.

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