Super Bowl 2013: Twitter Reacts to Baltimore Ravens Victory Parade
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:
Update: The parade has been delayed 30 minutes and will now start at 11:30.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 5, 2013
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:
Watching the ravens parade from the emergency room— Lintige (@LovingKING4Life) February 5, 2013
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:
Watching the Ravens parade get underway..hearing We Are The Champions glaring in the background.I'm getting goosebumps.#Ravenswinssb47— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) February 5, 2013
Lewis shared some heartfelt words with the Ravens faithful in his opening remarks, as provided by NFL on ESPN:
"This is our time. We brought home another crown. The city of Baltimore, I love you FOREVER!!" - Ray Lewis at @ravens parade— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 5, 2013
FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager logged the unconventional parade route that superstar safety Ed Reed chose to take:
Ed Reed is WALKING the parade route with the Lombardi instead of sitting on a float. Ed Reed is the man. Fans touching the trophy.— P. Schrager (@PSchrags) February 5, 2013
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.
Ed Reed just sang “Two Tickets to Paradise” to a crowd full of @ravens fans. It’s parade day in Baltimore.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 5, 2013
This was a fitting snapshot of the Ravens' defensive cornerstones, as provided by John Papanicolas:
Ed Reed has a camera strapped to his head and Ray Lewis has no voice. Hahaha proud of my team!— JohnPapanicolas (@JOHNPAP_115) February 5, 2013
The Ravens' official Twitter page noted how Flacco was serenaded with the ultimate flattering chant:
Fans chant MVP as Joe Flacco rides by on the parade!— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 5, 2013
The police just had to restrain the local roving reporter from getting too close to Ray Lewis ... Tune into NFLN. This is fantastic.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 5, 2013
Not an exaggeration: Six mounted police officers assigned to and surrounding the military vehicle that Ray Lewis is riding in the parade.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 5, 2013
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:
Photo: LIVE COVERAGE OF THE BALTIMORE RAVENS SUPER BOWL VICTORY CELEBRATION AND PARADE.... tmblr.co/ZIQ3uudS-SQx— NFL News And Talk (@NFLNewsAndTalk) February 5, 2013
The Ravens' Twitter page articulated the particularly crowded atmosphere on the parade's final stop:
The stadium is so full that the doors are being closed and nobody else is allowed inside.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 5, 2013
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:
Watching the live stream of the Ravens Parade in class right now. Looks insane!— ETH (@E_Witz) February 5, 2013
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:
Ray Lewis hoists the Lombardi and thanks his city: twitter.com/Ravens/status/…— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 5, 2013
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:
"The city is going crazy for the Ravens... the WORLD CHAMPION BALTIMORE RAVENS." -John Harbaugh— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 5, 2013
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