The streets of Seattle will be rocking on Wednesday, Feb. 5 as the championship-starved city lets loose in celebration over the Seahawks capturing the Lombardi Trophy.
For a city that hadn't won a major sports championship since 1979, this party is a long time coming.
This will no doubt be a raucous, lively and unforgettable experience.
But in order to catch a glimpse of the triumphant team's glorious parade, one will have to deal with big crowds, lots of chaos and scant parking (Seahawks.com reports that there will be limited parking at the stadium).
For those of you who would prefer to bypass that but still participate in the madness, you are in luck.
This event will be shown on TV locally in Seattle and is also available for streaming.
For those of you who will be braving the crowds and elements, public transportation is highly recommended. Here is a link to the King County public transportation trip planner.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 5
Where: Seattle, Wash. (see below for exact route)
When: 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. local time)
Watch: KIRO Channel 7 in Seattle
Streaming: Live on the KIRO website
Weather Report: At the time of publication, Weather.com predicted clear skies and 28 degrees (click the link for an updated report).
That is a cold day anywhere and unusually cold for Seattle. So be sure to dress appropriately, bring a thermos (of coffee or hot cocoa, of course)...or just catch the event on TV.
Seahawks.com happily passed this along:
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.
Unlike the team’s departure, there will be no access or staging areas for fans to line up along 188th Street South in SeaTac or along Seahawks Way outside of VMAC, the Seahawks training facility, in Renton.
Viewing the Parade
Expect attendance to be off the charts for this parade. As mentioned above, and considering I've spent most of my life living in the Seattle area, this is a locale that has been yearning for a championship. The level of interest I noticed in this team surpasses everything I've witnessed from the Seattle sports fan.
There was far more passion and intensity behind the 2013 Seahawks than there was in support of the 2005 squad which advanced to the Super Bowl. The only team, and I'm not old enough to comment on the 1978-79 Sonics, that I've seen that would come close is the 1995 Seattle Mariners.
The point is, the 2013 Seahawks have an army of rabid fans and that devotion will absolutely be fully on display for this parade.
Terry Blount of ESPN shared this quote from Pete Carroll in response to being asked if schools should be closed on parade day:
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.
Luckily, that celebration can be experienced in person or in front of a screen.
Enjoy your party, Seattle. You've earned it.
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