Super Bowl 2013: Twitter Reacts to Baltimore Ravens Victory Parade

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 5, 2013

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in a thrilling Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday to cap off a wild NFL season.

The Twitter world was once again buzzing about the team on Tuesday. The victors paraded through the streets of Baltimore with the Lombardi Trophy, celebrating their second championship in 12 years. 

The route began at City Hall and wrapped up in front of a raucous crowd at M&T Bank Stadium. All eyes were on the AFC North champions who were driven to glory by the outstanding play of Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. The star quarterback threw 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the postseason.

However, the impact of legendary linebacker and emotional leader Ray Lewis can't be overstated. He capped off an outstanding career by registering 51 combined tackles in four playoff games after returning from a torn triceps injury.

As the Ravens' official Twitter page reported, the parade was delayed by approximately half an hour due to heavy traffic:

Here were some of the most notable reactions on Twitter to the Ravens' Super Bowl victory parade, including reactions and great pictures from fans who witnessed the spectacle.

The Ravens posted a photo of the inside of the stadium prior to the parade, showing where the players will walk onto the field once the parade wraps up:

The NFL wasn't the only major sport represented in the city. The Baltimore Orioles were on the scene to cheer on the Ravens as well:

National Aquarium tweeted this humorous photo just ahead of the parade:

If you ever doubted the passion and dedication of Ravens fans, check this out:

Bleacher Report documented the stylish vehicle in which Ray Lewis rolled through Baltimore:

Former Ravens Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe provided his reaction as the festivities began:

Lewis shared some heartfelt words with the Ravens faithful in his opening remarks, as provided by NFL on ESPN:'s Peter Schrager logged the unconventional parade route that superstar safety Ed Reed chose to take:

That might not have been as cool as the number Reed sang to the fans before that, as pointed out by SportsCenter. Reed sang the same tune in his speech in M&T Bank Stadium.

This was a fitting snapshot of the Ravens' defensive cornerstones, as provided by John Papanicolas:

The Ravens' official Twitter page noted how Flacco was serenaded with the ultimate flattering chant:

NFL Network's Albert Breer reported just how intense the celebration became. Police had to be called upon to keep the crowd at least somewhat tamed:

Jesse Abney Cole provided this beautiful overview of the route:

Check out this video of Ravens fans as they chanted "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes, one of the more prominent sports anthems:

ESPN's Jamison Hensley illustrated just how packed the stadium was, and indicated that it was at max capacity:

NFL News and Talk's Tumblr captured the championship proclamation on the M&T Bank Stadium big screen:

The Ravens' Twitter page articulated the particularly crowded atmosphere on the parade's final stop:

While many people likely took this Tuesday off of work, the live stream coverage apparently led one particular University of Maryland student to prioritize the parade over academics:

Check out this burn stuck to Baltimore concerning its lucky, last-minute touchdown in the divisional round of the playoffs:

The team's Twitter page sent out this amazing shot from behind Ray Lewis, as he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in front of the gathered masses:


Here is another video in the heat of the action in Baltimore:

The dance that Lewis has made so famous was on display for the last time as he emerged from the Ravens' tunnel:


Before the Jumbotron showed a postseason montage dedicated to the team's championship run beginning on Wild Card Weekend, head coach John Harbaugh had some passionate parting words: