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Eagles Footing Bill For Super Bowl Parade As Crews, Fans Get Ready

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Despite the wet weather, crews were hard at work Wednesday on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, preparing the stage for Thursday's Super Bowl victory celebration, which the Eagles organization is paying for. A lot of fans were stopping by to get a close look.

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Crews were handing banners, light and sound towers were being put into place and the stage was being built. As the work was being done fans were able to go up and down sections of the steps of the Art Museum.

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"It's fantastic! They are setting up here. It's glorious. I've never seen anything like it. I flew in just for this. Flights were reasonable. I got in 30 minutes ago and had to run up the Art Museum steps, obviously."

Many fans were taking pictures and saying they cant wait until the parade.

"I guess I'm going to have to get here real early or camp out right now. Those are the options. I think it's going to be quite a crowd. I think it's going to be a fun time."

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Fred Stein of The Creative Group is in charge of producing the parade.

"When you think about it for a last-minute type thing, it's quite an interesting undertaking, and team work is everything," said Stein.

Stein added that the Eagles are footing the bill for the parade.

"This is a parade by them," said Stein, adding that the total cost has not been finalized.

"More than $1, less than $20 million," said Stein.

Stein says the Eagles' ownership wants to make sure fans have a great time.

"The city of Philadelphia, the citizens, the community here are very fortunate in what's taking place here, and if it weren't for the Eagles this won't be happening," said Stein.

There are more than 200 crews from different contractors working to pull it off.

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Some have estimated 3 to 4 million fans will attend the parade. During a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Mayor Jim Kenney says it could be as high as 2 million.

"There's a lot of folks that bleed green," said Kenney.

Regardless, it will be huge and a large undertaking, considering planning it was condensed into just about a week's time.

"You could have 100 days to plan it out and it comes down to the final days. In this case, we didn't have to worry about all the advanced planning. We just looked at it and said these are the final days. Here's what has to get done," said Stein.

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