Super Bowl XLVIII and The Chinese Lunar New Year, NYC: Will Cold, Snow or Wind Interrupt Your Big Weekend Travel Plans? 13

 Can the Seahawks and Broncos break through a defensive Superbowl lineup of bitter cold temperatures?

Will The New Lunar Year of the Horse be reined in by blizzard conditions?


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It’s a big BIG weekend here in the Northeast U.S! We Americans adore our football and The Seattle Seahawks battle the Denver Broncos at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, February 2nd at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The NFL’s first EVER cold-weather, outdoor, Super Bowl is putting fans’ chattering teeth on edge.

You have questions: If it snows, will we be forced to suffer a  Super Bowl Saturday (gasp!) or, even worse,  Super Bowl Monday (What? We HATE Mondays!)? What could this mean for our travel plans? Should we cancel our heavily dip-laden parties? Should we invest in team-logo long underwear and case after case of hand warmers?

Here are your answers: No. Are you kidding me? It’ll be okay, just breathe. Stock up on more dip, we’re Americans. Yes. And consider buying them by the pallet.

The Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in New York City’s, Chinatown, consists largely of Friday’s 15th annual firecracker ceremony & cultural festival at 11:00 a.m. in Sara Roosevelt Park, as well as, Sunday’s (yes, Super Bowl Sunday’s) Lunar New Year Parade & Festival at 1:00 p.m. Will winter winds keep parade-goers away? Will dancers, dragons, drummers, martial artists, magicians and acrobats have to trudge their way through mounds of snow and sheets of ice? Most importantly, will we still be able to fire off our giant confetti cannons?

Behold, confetti!

Behold, confetti!!!

Fear not, intrepid travelers, culture-junkies and football fans! The Weather Channel predicts that day-time temperatures will reach as high as 37°F, under partly cloudy skies, with winds NW at 8 mph while the evening will also be partly cloudy, with a low of 24° and a NNW at 6 mph. And, PHEW, it seems that there won’t be any snow! Really dodged THAT bullet, didn’t we? I mean, football, in February, in Jersey?

You may be saying, “Um…Erin, 24° F is FREEZING”…and you would be right…but have you met football fans? I mean, look at this guy or this guy, captured by the lovely folks at the One of them is a frikking VIKING, for god’s sake! And wearing purple! How ballsy is that? Besides, that’s what beer is for. Suck it up, buttercup! If you have tickets to the big game, you’re the envy of millions. If you’re headed over to your brother-in-laws for 3 types of chili and wings, wear a sweatshirt and bring his favorite craft beer. The man works hard. For oil. Which provides heat. You two will be the envy of all of the fans in the stadium who were rooting for the losing team. As the game spirals down into a painful, soul-crushing hell for them…

On a brighter note, the parade attendees will be just fine. Average temperatures for NYC in February range from 27 to 40 degrees anyway. You thought that Viking was tough? Check out this action!

Nary a goose-bump in sight.

Nary a goose-bump in sight.

Irrefutable proof that Vikings are wussies. (Yes, even in purple.) This, my dear readers, is a party!


For a deeper look into NYC’s Lunar New Year, check out my post, How You Too Can (Accidentally) Celebrate at the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in NYC or just head on into the city this weekend.

The weather is going to be fine.

Going to this year’s Super Bowl? Or the Lunar New Year Parade?

Have plans to head into New Jersey or New York this weekend? Let us know where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing. We’d love to hear about your experiences!

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13 thoughts on “Super Bowl XLVIII and The Chinese Lunar New Year, NYC: Will Cold, Snow or Wind Interrupt Your Big Weekend Travel Plans?

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  • surfingtheplanet

    I will also watch the Superbowl, although here in Spain it is not so easy, because basically nobody cares. When I lived in Hungary it was always on TV, but here you have to find a special place to watch that. great post by the way!

    • Erin Post author

      Who are you rooting for? Just curious. Interesting to know the difference between interest in each country. Thank you, so much, for stopping by to comment!

  • asturiah

    And we’re sitting here in 30°C while you guys are so cold! Well, I’m sure you’ll still have a great time! Though I’ve never been a big addict to “Superbowl”‘s stuff but football in Europe can be similar (not as expensive though): people will always be there whatever the price, the weather, etc…

    • Erin Post author

      As I said to Sharon, it is 4° F here this morning. You guys are killing me…lol! I’ve endured a few chilly nights at professional baseball games in October but am not sure I could handle this Sunday night. You’re right though, people will go, despite any weather, and root for their teams…all over the world. Thanks for your comment 🙂

    • Erin Post author

      It is currently 4 degrees F, where I live. 4!!! Went out to my local coffee shop this morning and thought I would freeze to death. Don’t suppose you’d trade places? ;P You are very welcome. Thank you for stopping in!

  • A Brit and A Southerner

    Have you checked the latest prices on Stubhub for tickets to this game? It’s crazy the prices that people will pay to watch the Superbowl. However, saying that it would be a cool experience to at least say you have done it once in your lifetime! I am sure that I will be watching this on TV on Sunday, pulling for the Broncos for sure.

    • Erin Post author

      No, is it nuts? I did hear on the radio this morning that there are some good deals from people who already have tickets but are chickening out on the cold. Hmmm, Broncos huh? We’ve got some competition right here in this comment thread! Lol!

  • mytanfeet

    Even though I’m not a big football fan, I’m definitely watching this superbowl as it is my hometown and I can’t NOT root for the hawks! It’s the biggest thing that’s happened in our sports city since we were at superbowl in 2006 and lost the Sonics. Let’s see how they do! And thankfully I will be far far away from all the cold and watching it in sunny Costa Rica hehe

    • Erin Post author

      Good for your home town! How exciting 🙂 I haven’t picked a side yet. Hmmm, maybe the hawks are the way to go? Now, if only I could watch from warm Costa Rica too!

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