The 12th man finally has its championship, and viewers can expect the parade of all parades to take place in Seattle after winning its first major championship in 45 years.
The Seattle Seahawks throttled the Denver Broncos, 43-8, to win their first Super Bowl in team history, and players can expect the streets to be lined with the best fans in football. Parading around the city has become just as well known as hoisting the Lombardi trophy for the champions.
Before the Seahawks' procession officially begins on Wednesday, here is updated information and what fans can expect when the Seattle streets are splashed with the Seahawks' navy and neon green.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Further information, via the Seattle Times staff report:
The parade will start [...] on Fourth Avenue, south of Denny Way, and will continue along Fourth, arriving at CenturyLink Field around 1:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to carpool or travel to the parade route using transit, as parking will be very limited.
What to Expect During the Super Bowl Parade
Outside of the obvious appearances from the entire team including Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith and a hobbled Richard Sherman, who suffered an ankle injury, according to Ryan Smith of CBS Sports, fans can anticipate a huge entertainment value during the event.
Seattle mayor Ed Murray, who was in East Rutherford, N.J. for the game, spoke about the parade, according to Seattle.gov:
What a great day for the Seahawks and a great day for Seattle. This is the first NFL Championship for the team and a great achievement for the franchise. My congratulations go to the players, coaches and to the fans who all contributed to win this title.
Now the city will prepare to celebrate in the way that only Seattle knows how.
Oh, there will be Macklemore.
The Seattle-raised superstar who followed the same path to super stardom as many of the overlooked players that led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl win has been along for the ride all season.
In fact, head coach Pete Carroll, the most youthful 62-year-old in the world, said the team partied with the artist he referred to as "Mack" in his Monday morning press conference, according to Cindy Boren of The Washington Post:
You follow up with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis coming on stage — who’ve been with us for over a year now kind of just hangin’ with us. They really connected it and made it a great party. I think [Seahawks owner] Paul [Allen] picked up the bill, too.
That was a brief follow-up from his tweet at 3:21 a.m. ET about the party still raging following the win:
Macklemore brought the house down at our Super Bowl party!! Can't hold us!!! "SEA!!! HAWKS!!!"— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) February 3, 2014
As for Ben Haggerty, or Macklemore, the 30-year-old singer has been waiting his whole life to see one of his hometown teams win a major championship, as he tweeted Sunday night:
Can the Seahawks repeat next year?
Apart from Macklemore and the team, fans watching from home or out on the streets of Seattle can get prepared for an insane crowd. The same Seattle fans that had to watch the SuperSonics move out of town have finally been rewarded for their loyalty and will be crucial for the celebration.
The 12th man has become famous for their over-the-top cheering and sometimes extravagant costumes to go along with the sheer mind-numbing sound that comes out of their mouths.
If there's one guy that nearly every viewer can expect to see more than once, it's this bombastic fan that Jaunted's official Twitter account points out:
If the celebration is anything like the initial send-off for the Super Bowl champions, it will easily be one of the most memorable for an NFL team. Elise Pollard, Golden Tate's girlfriend, gave a side-by-side comparison of the Seahawks leaving compared to the Broncos departure on Instagram:
Needless to say, viewers can expect a spectacle on the streets of Seattle.
When the parade officially gets underway on Wednesday, it will be a huge exhale from Seahawks fans that could exceed any previous Super Bowl celebration of the past—one that Seattle fans more than deserve.
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