The NFC West champions continued their dominant regular season form in the playoffs and capped the year with one of the most dominant Super Bowls in history, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8. Now every player and coach on the roster will join the "12th man" in Seattle for a parade through the city.
For those looking to join the fun, here is all the information you need to know for the spectacular event.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 5
Time: 2 p.m. ET; 11 a.m. PT
Where: Seattle, Wash. (See Below for Exact Route)
Watch: KIRO Channel 7
According to Seahawks.com, "The parade will begin just south of Seattle Center at Denny Way and travel south down 4th Avenue past Westlake Park and finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field."
Meanwhile, The Seattle Times notes that this will be a change from the parade the team took before heading to the Super Bowl:
There also will not be any area for fans to watch for the team along South 188th Street in SeaTac, or at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, the team’s practice facility in Renton, unlike when the team departed for New Jersey. The team won’t travel along South 188th Street.
KIRO Traffic also created a map to view the route:
Make sure you get there early because the prime viewing spots are likely to fill up quickly.
What to Expect
This event is certain to be a party full of some of the rowdiest fans in the country.
Even Kam Chancellor has been looking forward to the event:
Can't wait for the Parade. I know it's going to be nuts.... #12thman— Kameron (@Kam_Chancellor) February 4, 2014
Richard Sherman also points out that the celebration belongs to the fans as much as the players:
Seattle!!! 12thMan!!! We got one!!!!! Love this team like family.... 12s are a huge part of the family— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 3, 2014
It is hard to deny the fans involvement in the title run. Over the past two years, Seattle put together an incredible 17-1 record at CenturyLink Field. These fans that made life so tough on opposing players were out in full force at MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.
One of the big questions for many parents is whether to bring their kids to the event during a school day. According to Linzi Sheldon of KIRO, only Kennedy High School in Burien and Seattle Prep will close for the day while Seattle Public Schools and most other districts remain open.
According to Terry Blount of ESPN, Pete Carroll is a firm believer that schools should close for the day. When asked at a press conference, the head coach explained:
Heck yeah they should. There's some big educating going on this Wednesday. Seriously, in my mind, it really is about the kids. It starts a memory about following your team that lasts a lifetime. This is all what it's all about.
And I feel so humbled about bringing this championship back to Seattle. There's no fan base that deserves this more, one that has supported this team with more passion and love and spirit. So yeah, shut down school. Let's do this celebration rightfully and peacefully.
For those schools that remain open, you can imagine there will be quite a few absences among the students anyway.
While the parade will be a treat for all of the fans, you can imagine there will be a few celebrities in attendance that enjoyed the recent championship:
I'm sorry for everyone who had to watch Super Bowl 48. But I'm truly ecstatic for the great city of Seattle & it's mighty HAWKS!— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) February 3, 2014
No matter who shows up, you can be certain that it will be a huge festival that the city will not soon forget. For a group of people so starved for a championship in any sport, this could end up being a celebration of historic proportions.
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