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Patrick Mahomes promises ‘Threepeat’ at the Super Bowl Parade Festivities Celebration before the Shooting CHAOS at Kansas City

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Patrick Mahomes at Parade

 

A fatal shooting marred Wednesday’s Super Bowl parade in Kansas City, where around one million attendees were expected. Local police told visitors to leave the area around Union Station, where the shooting was alleged to have taken place.

 

Patrick Mahomes at Parade

Kansas City police say there were 10 total victims, including one fatality and three who were critically injured. Two armed individuals were taken into custody, police said.

Furthermore, police said on X that ‘child reunification stations’ were set up at the main entrance to Union Station, and at 2301 Main St. to help reunite any lost youths with their guardians. Police also asked witnesses to the shooting to go to a corner near Union Station before allowing them to leave the scene.

The shooting broke the celebratory mood on Valentine’s Day as Chiefs fans marked their third Super Bowl title in five seasons.

Chiefs spokespeople did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment about the safety of team players, coaches and staff.

Earlier, a non-fatal shooting resulting in injuries to two people in Kansas City, according to the Star.

Until the shootings, the day had been a joyous occasion for Kansas City.

Patrick Mahomes holding Travis Kelce at Parade

There were no Taylor Swift sightings to speak of, but the downtown area was transformed into sea of red on Valentine’s Day. Prior to the shooting, the event ended with a massive rally at Union Station in Kansas City, where Mahomes told fans ‘we’re going for that threepeat’ next season.

‘They all doubted us,’ Mahomes said. ‘I don’t want to hear any different. But you know who came through at the end? That’s the Kansas City Chiefs!’

In a nod to the double holiday (parade + Valentine’s Day), Mahomes’ wife Brittany posted a picture of the rose her Super Bowl MVP husband got for her, writing: ‘He didn’t forget.’ And she wasn’t alone. Travis Kelce’ mother, Donna, was seen handing out roses to many of the attendees.

Kelce also got some face time with fans, hopping off the double-decker bus at one point to give some high-fives along the parade route. Later, Kelce appeared to be too drunk to speak at the rally, instead attempting a repellent rendition of Garth Brooks’ Friends In Low Places while being held up by teammates.

Key on the minds of many fans was whether Swift would join her boyfriend Kelce for the parade and victory speeches.

However, Swift wasn’t expected to be aboard one of the double-decker buses because has a show in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday night. Still, that remote possibility, combined with unseasonably warm temperatures in the 60s Fahrenheit (15-20 Celsius), generated a crowd of about 1 million attendees.

In fact, several players were seen shirtless amid the rising excitement, including soon-to-be free agent linebacker Willie Gay.

Defensive tackle Chris Jones, another soon-to-be free agent, led chants of ‘threepeat’ while running back Isiah Pacheco got a big reaction by carrying a pet goat wearing a Mahomes jersey – a subtle way of calling his quarterback the ‘Greatest Of All Time.’

‘We are stacking up trophies,’ linebacker Drue Tranquill said as he grabbed a reporter’s mic during Wednesday’s festivities to mark the Chiefs’ come-from-behind, 25-22 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Confetti canons exploded from double-decker buses as players rolled through the crowd, DJs and drummers heralding their arrival. Throngs lined the route, with fans climbing trees and street poles, or standing on rooftops for a better view. Owner Clark Hunt was on one of those buses, holding the Lombardi Trophy. Former ‘Modern Family’ star Eric Stonestreet was part of the mob.

‘Best fans in the world,’ exclaimed wide receiver Mecole Hardman, who caught the winning touchdown pass, as he walked along the route, with the players signing jerseys and at least one person’s head.

‘Never stop,’ Pacheco added from the route.

‘I missed last year. I said, ”I’m not missing this year,” said longtime fan Charles Smith Sr., who flew from his home in Sicklerville, New Jersey, for the parade.

Known by friends as Kansas City Smitty, the 52-year-old first became a Chiefs fan when Christian Okoye played fullback for the team starting in the late 1980s.

‘I got a history with this team,’ he said, adding that he ran out of his home with a giant flag, screaming ‘Kansas City,’ when the Chiefs clinched the victory in overtime.

The city and the team each chipped in around $1 million for the event commemorating Kelce, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs becoming the first team since Tom Brady and the New England Patriots two decades ago to defend their title.

Some fans camped overnight and others began to stake out spots before dawn to catch prime viewing spots. Bailey McDermott, 17, and Gracie Gilby, 16, of Lebanon, Missouri, got up at 3am to make the three-hour drive to the parade. They had a party to watch the game, confetti poppers erupting when the Chiefs won.

‘Kind of freaking out at the end,’ said Gilby, who wore a sequined Chiefs jerseys with Kelce’s No. 87 on it. McDermott also had a sequined jersey, hers bearing Mahomes No. 15.

Many of the largest school districts in the area have canceled classes, and businesses along the parade path are turning the day into a viewing party for their workers. At least 600 Kansas City police officers will be stationed along the the 2-mile (3.22-kilometer) route, police Chief Stacey Graves said.

This year’s parade will follow almost exactly the same route as the Chiefs’ 2020 and 2023 Super Bowl celebrations.

It will begin at 6th Street the Kansas City River Market and ending at Pershing Road in front of Union Station, according to the Kansas City Star.

However, there is one difference to this year’s map with the route not set to head through City Market.

Teens and younger kids were everywhere, some tossing footballs, others watching replays of game highlights on giant TV screens.

Among them was Elysseah Buford and her friend, Devaun Burns, who watched the game in between taking orders at McDonald’s. ‘We’re loosing. We’re loosing,’ Buford recalled saying. But Burns scolded her, even as a manager declared that the game was a lost cause: ‘I said, ‘Don’t speak it. Believe it.’

The 18-year-old high school seniors from Raymore joined the festivities with another friend, 17-year-old Mekiyzeion Williams. who dared to ask what would have happened if Mecole Hardman missed the final touchdown catch. ‘Shut up,’ Burns said.

After decades without a championship, the city is gaining experience with victory parades. Five seasons ago, the Chiefs defeated the 49ers for the team’s first Super Bowl title in 50 years. That 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 defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 and prophetically vowed they would be back for more.

One big change this year is that the parade is getting started one hour earlier at 11am so the crowd will dissipate before the Valentine’s Day dinner crowd shows up.

After the massive cleanup, the team gets ready to try it again.

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