Super Bowl Parade 2013: Ravens' Victory Celebration Delayed Due to Traffic

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 5, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - FEBRUARY 03: Baltimore Ravens celebrate in the streets after Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers in the neighborhood of Fells Point on February 3, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, 34-31, to capture their second championship title. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens will have to wait a little bit longer to celebrate their Super Bowl victory with the people of Charm City. According to the Ravens' official Twitter account, the parade has been delayed a half hour and will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET:

Update: The parade has been delayed 30 minutes and will now start at 11:30.

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 5, 2013


According to CBS Sports' Will Brinson (via Twitter), the delay is a result of a traffic jam:

Local TV show just said the Ravens parade is delayed by 25 minutes because "the team is stuck in traffic"

— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) February 5, 2013


The Ravens are back in Baltimore this week, not for a game, but for a parade following their 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday night.

The dramatic win brought home the franchise's second NFL title in 12 years. The Ravens are now 2-0 all-time in Super Bowls dating back to 2001, when Baltimore beat the New York Giants in dominant fashion, 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV.

Despite the delay, all eyes will be on the city of Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon as a sea of purple welcomes home its beloved champions. The parade was originally set for 11 a.m. ET, but like all major cities in America, Baltimore is vulnerable to traffic jams, especially prior to a once-in-a-generation celebration.  

The parade will serve as legendary linebacker Ray Lewis' last opportunity to wave goodbye to Ravens Nation after 17 years of loyalty and dominance.

Meanwhile, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco is sure to receive tons of praise from the fans for his remarkable postseason performance.

Since both joined the Ravens in 2008, head coach John Harbaugh and his quarterback, Flacco are 9-4 in the postseason. Perhaps even more impressive, seven of their wins have come on the road or at neutral sites. 


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