Here’s a list of freebies, including Bud Light and frozen custard from Shake Shack.
Not that the Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series championship parade wasn’t a delightful affair, but the real event Philadelphia sports fans have been pining for is a Super Bowl victory. Today, a parade over half a century in the making is about to go down – and fans (or even non-fans) will have a number of options on the free food and drink front.
The deal garnering the most attention has been Bud Light’s promise of free beer for the entire city based on a wager the brand made with a player back in August. Earlier this week, the beer giant said it would uphold its end of the bargain by offering free Bud Light at bars along the parade route. However, though more details have emerged throughout the week, they’re still being left purposefully vague, potentially due to safety concerns, according to Philly.com. But here’s the gist of it:
Keep a lookout for Bud Light reps; they’ll give fans of legal drinking age a token to redeem a free can of Bud Light. Once you’ve gotten your brew, you’ll be stamped so other bars will know you’ve already been served.
Bud Light drinkers do have another option though: The brand is offering a $7 rebate on purchases of Bud Light made by people in the greater Philadelphia area on February 8 or 9. You can go to budlight.com/phillyphilly for more info.
If it all seems like a lot of effort to get a free Bud Light, you’re probably right, and Tom Kehoe, founder and president of Yards Brewing Company – makers of one of America’s most underappreciated beers, Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale – is offering up another reason not to bother. “We’ve waited so long,” he said, “that it just doesn’t seem right Philadelphians should be drinking a foreign-owned, mass-produced beer on such a proud day in our city’s history.” Instead, anyone who drops by the brewery’s new taproom on parade day will get a Philly Pale Ale on the house.
Beer not your bag? The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that locals will have two options for free ice cream on parade day as well: All Philadelphia-area Shake Shack locations will be handing out a free Swoop’s Scoop (green vanilla frozen custard blended with pieces of frosted chocolate cake from the city’s Termini Brothers Bakery) and the South Street location of Haagen Dazs will also be offering a free scoop of ice cream from noon until 1pm.
Meanwhile, those looking to bask in the glow of the Eagles victory until next year’s Super Bowl may want to hit up the breakfast joint Famous Toastery’s location in Exton which is reportedly planning to offer complimentary mimosas on Thursdays and Fridays for the rest of the year.
Finally, after all that free alcohol and sugar your head will likely be swimming. Here’s some good news on that front: SEPTA has said that its subway and train lines will be free within the city (not including regional rail) to help you get around without any problems.
All that being said, Mayor Jim Kenney suggested that parade goers – the number of which is estimated to potentially get as high as 2 million – may not want to rely on grabbing food and drink on the go, free or otherwise. “Try to bring some food and snacks with you,” he said, “because food establishments that may be open may be very crowded.”