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
Thursday 06 February 2014
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
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Phil Neville and his fellow Match of the Day pundits given warning by the BBC after 'smash them' comment
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Tottenham player ratings: Christian Eriksen? Harry Kane? Who was the star man at Bramall Lane?
Andy Murray vs Tomas Berdych - LIVE! Australian Open semi-final latest as Murray wins after losing first set
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...
£35000 - £43000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior IT Support Analyst...
£24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£450 per day: Ashdown Group: HR Systems Project Manager - Surrey - £450 per da...