TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The City of Tampa showed out Wednesday to celebrate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following their Super Bowl LV win.
The Super Bowl champions were honored with a boat parade through the Hillsborough River, followed by a championship ceremony at Port Tampa Bay.
Below is a full recap of Wednesday’s celebrations and highlights from the boat parade.
What better way to wrap up Wednesday’s celebrations than to have Bucs head coach Bruce Arians claim the team is “going for two” and looking to repeat their success in the 2021 season.
*Warning: The video below contains expletive language.
“Thank you to the team for winning the Super Bowl and making history in Tampa Bay!”
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor expressed her gratitude to the players for making history during the Super Bowl LV Championship Ceremony at Port Tampa Bay.
“Today, we partied like nobody else can. We did it the Tampa Bay way.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting ready to bring the celebration back on land at Port Tampa Bay.
General manager for the Buccaneers Jason Licht told News Channel 8’s Josh Benson, “besides my wedding and the birth of my three kids, best day of my life!”
While this is not his first Super Bowl parade, Jason Pierre-Paul told News Channel 8’s Josh Benson the team is having fun and “we’re going to do it again next year!”
The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady and his daughter have arrived at the celebration at Port Tampa Bay, where a presentation of the Super Bowl champs will take place just before 4 p.m.
News Channel 8’s Josh Benson talked with Bruce Arians about how he feels winning Super Bowl LV and what he looks forward to for next season.
“It’s unbelievable. I can’t wait to have [fans] in the stadium. Once we get them in the stadium, it’s going to be home field advantage like nowhere else,” Arians said.
News Channel 8’s Josh Benson chatted with linebacker Shaquil Barrett on how he feels about the celebration.
“It’s crazy out here,” Barrett said. “Two-time world champs, Super Bowl LV champs, we did it Tampa!
News Channel 8’s Josh Benson got a chance to chat with linebacker Lavonte David as his boat pulled into Port Tampa Bay.
“Long time coming man. Just enjoying the moment right now,” David said. “The best feeling in the world.”
News Channel 8’s Justin Schecker is along the Riverwalk where fans got a chance to wave and cheer on their Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Of course, the championship boat parade couldn’t end without one act of craziness… and only the G.O.A.T can get away with this one.
Tom Brady was seen throwing the Lombardi Trophy across the Hillsborough River to another teammate who, thankfully, caught the trophy while on another boat.
(Video courtesy: Whitney Holtzman)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have arrived in Downtown Tampa! Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski pass the crowds near Curtis Hixon Park and the Kennedy Bridge.
As the players make their way down the Hillsborough River, Rob Gronkowski can be seen partying it up on his boat.
Despite concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, tons of fans can be seen along the parade route.
While masks are required in Tampa, many fans along the Hillsborough River can be seen without one.
News Channel 8’s Eagle 8 HD flew over the Hillsborough River where lots of fans can be seen patiently waiting as the boat parade has officially kicked off.
WFLA’s Melanie Michael is along the Tampa Riverwalk where the excitement is “unreal.”
Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans were seen splitting a boat with their friends and family.
U.S. Representative Charlie Crist was seen in his own boat as the celebration along the Hillsborough River was ready to start.
The boats carrying the Buccaneers are lining up and getting ready to head down the Hillsborough River.
The man of the hour, Tom Brady, has officially been spotted. He’s on his own boat with his family and trainer, Alex Guerrero.
Mayor Castor and Brady got a chance to speak before the celebration began.
Brady told News Channel 8’s Rod Carter, “this is amazing… I’m loving it! So happy for our team, everyone getting to experience this, this is a very cool day.”
Brady admitted this is his first true boat parade.
“There were duck boats before but it was freezing cold. Nothing like this.”
“Today is the day to celebrate the history made by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
News Channel 8’s Rod Carter got a chance to chat with Mayor Castor before the parade started. She said although the parade planning was slightly rushed, they wanted to make sure the players were still in town in order to hold the celebration.
Castor said “an appropriate parade” will take place later down the road once things calm down with the pandemic.
With the boat parade just moments away from starting, Mayor Jane Castor got a chance to see the Lombardi Trophy.
Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians have been spotted! Licht was seen hoisting the Lombardi Trophy from their boat ahead of the parade starting.
Buccaneers players, staff members and Tampa Bay residents are on the Hillsborough River ready to party with the Lombardi.
We’re less than half an hour away from the start of the boat parade and News Channel 8’s Daisy Ruth is walking down the Tampa Riverwalk where a crowd of people can be seen lining up, especially near Curtis Hixon Park.
Although the parade hasn’t officially started, the party onboard the players’ boat has kicked off. Tight end Tanner Hudson, along with Gronk, can be heard offering Mayor Castor a drink before the celebration down the Hillsborough River begins.
Several players are now boarding the boats that will take them down the Hillsborough River from Armature Works to Sparkman Wharf.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor was seen talking to several of the players before boarding the boats. She jokingly asked the players, including Gronkowski, to not fall off the boat and to not drop the Lombardi Trophy in the water.
Gronk laughed saying he won’t even touch the trophy.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski was spotted outside of Armature Works, posing with fans for pictures. He was also seen talking with Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.
News Channel 8’s Melanie Michael is at Armature Works where several buses holding Tampa Bay Buccaneers players have arrived.