Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is defending the decision to hold a parade for the New England Patriots on Wednesday even though the city is still in process of removing mountains of snow and the MBTA is experiencing weather-related service problems.

Walsh said Tuesday that many people have suggested delaying the parade until Saturday. He says that's not feasible because by the weekend the players will have scattered.

The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Sunday's Super Bowl.

The mayor also asked fans attending the parade not to perch on snowbanks because of the dangers involved, and to dress appropriately for temperatures expected to be below freezing.

He also announced that city schools are expected to reopen Wednesday and the city is close to "shattering" its $18 million snow removal budget.