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Super Bowl 2014: More than 700,000 fans turn out to celebrate Seattle Seahawks homecoming in open-top bus parade

Over 65,000 more than the city's official population lined the Seattle streets to share in the joy of the Seahawks Super Bowl success

Over 700,000 lined the streets of downtown Seattle yesterday, as the city’s heroes paraded through in an open-top bus to celebrate the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win on Sunday.

For the city with a population of 634,000, Sunday’s victory brought the first major sporting title since the Seatlle SuperSonics won the NBA finals in 1979.

The Seahawks are known to have one of the best fanbases in the NFL, the ‘12’ man, and according to Seattle public schools, 25% of children, along with 565 teachers were recorded as absent as it was believed they skipped school to attend the parade.

The open-top bus tour made its way to Seattle’s home ground, CenturyLink field, where quarterback Russell Wilson emerged last on the field along with the Vince Lombardi trophy.

To win the crown, the Seahawks had to overcome the Denver Broncos and their record-breaking offense, but with the help of their defense, ‘The Legion of Boom’, they blew the Broncos out in a 43-8 rout on Sunday night.

Media-shy running back, Marshawn Lynch, sat on the front on the cheerleaders’ parade bus eating skittles and at one point reached for a bottle of whiskey that he spotted in the crowd.

The Super Bowl champions, as tradition, will also visit the White House while on Twitter, coach Pete Carroll revealed he spoke the President after their win.

He tweeted: “We were so honored today with a call from President Obama and an invitation to visit the White House later this offseason!”

Seattle fans line the streets to celebrate with the victorious Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks