Parade vs. primary

Maybe it's bad luck to discuss when and where the victory parade might be if the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl on Sunday. But Boston officials need to prepare for the possibility.

They should avoid holding such a parade on Tuesday, the same day as a major primary election. The team apparently can't make it back from Phoenix in time for a parade Monday, and the team's best-known players -- the likes of Tom Brady and Randy Moss -- are supposed to head to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Wednesday.

That ostensibly leaves only Tuesday. But the answer to this supposed quandary is simple: The Pats' pro bowlers can get to Honolulu a day late. Surely both the NFL, which tends its public image carefully, and a team bearing the name "Patriots" should understand the need to respect -- and work around -- the electoral process.