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Party of 700,000 greets Seahawks

Revelers fill downtown Seattle to honor champion Seahawks

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll waves to the adoring crowd during Wednesday’s parade for the Super Bowl champions.

Hundreds of thousands of Seattle Seahawks fans cranked up the volume Wednesday, cheering, chanting and going berserk during a parade and ceremony to celebrate the first Super Bowl victory in the history of the franchise.

The mood in Seattle was electrified as the parade featuring the NFL champions began near the Space Needle and made its way to CenturyLink Field, the home of the team.

At a ceremony inside the stadium, the team thanked its loyal followers – the 12th Man – capping a day of boisterous celebration that drew an estimated 700,000 revelers to Seattle.

Thousands of students apparently skipped school to attend. Seattle Public Schools said more than 25 percent of the district’s 51,000 students were absent in the morning.

Revelers packed the 2-mile route, wearing blue and green wigs, waving flags, scarves and signs, and breaking out into song and dance.

The Washington National Guard chauffeured many of the players in Humvees and other military vehicles under blue, sunny skies in cold temperatures.

They partied in Spokane too: Dennis Williams, of Spokane, foreground, wears a mask to a Super Bowl parade watch party as area Seahawks fans gather at River Park Square in downtown Spokane. (SR Photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

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