Seahawks fans come out to celebrate franchise's first Super Bowl title | Photos from the parade

Fans crammed streets in downtown Seattle. - Josh Suman, Bellevue Reporter
Fans crammed streets in downtown Seattle.
— image credit: Josh Suman, Bellevue Reporter

Fans from around the county, state and region swarmed Seattle Wednesday to celebrate the first Super Bowl victory for their beloved Seahawks since the franchise entered the NFL in 1976, creating a scene that will live in the minds and hearts of sports fans forever.

Estimations varied on the number of people lining the Fourth Ave. parade route, inside the team's home at CenturyLink Field and across the street inside Safeco Field, the home of the Mariners, with some totals approaching 700,000.

Fans climbed on television vans, portable toilets and into trees to get a good look at the first team to bring a major sports championship back to the city since the now-departed Supersonics took the NBA crown in 1979.

The celebration was truly an exhibition of community, with original season ticket holders alongside infants in strollers adorned in 12th Man regalia, and individuals of varying backgrounds spilling into the streets for the same reason: to cheer their Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.

The procession, which was delayed along with thousands of spectators by gridlocked traffic throughout the morning, eventually commenced down Fourth Ave. S. and through the mass of humanity, fans dancing along with players who were aboard Ride the Duck and military vehicles.

Running back Marshawn Lynch, who has endeared himself to fans with his punishing and unrelenting running style and foiled media members after a quotable utterance, tossed Skittles to the crowd and received plenty of bags of "power pellets" in return.

When the team, family members and staffers arrived at the stadium, a hero's welcome befitting a Super Bowl winner greeted them as a raucous CenturyLink crowd welcomed each player before coach Pete Carroll and others took a spot at the podium.

While those in attendance felt an undeniable sense of pride in the team's first championship, Carroll made sure fans were on the same page as those within the franchise with his closing remarks.

"We'll be back again, we're going to do something special again," Carroll said after leading the crowd in a "Sea-Hawks" chant. "We're just getting warmed up, if you know what I'm talking about."

Fans watched from rooftops and anywhere else they could find a vantage point. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

Streets in downtown Seattle were lined with Seahawks fans looking to get a glimpse of the team and its newly earned Lombardi Trophy. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

Fans on the steps from the King St. Station watch for the team to arrive. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

Flags flew from trucks, buildings and even an airplane. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

There were no shortage of t-shirts and other memorabilia to buy during the parade. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

Fans climbed on whatever they could to get a vantage point, with the crowd piled dozens deep along the route. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

Fans look on from a stoop along the parade route. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

Overflow crowd packed the lower levels of Safeco Field to watch the celebration on the stadium's big screen, the largest in Major League Baseball. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

People and pets bundled up on a day when temps were in the high-20s. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

A 12th Man flag flies over a building in Seattle, where sunny skies made for an ideal backdrop. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

A plane flies over the stadium with a 12th Man flag. JOSH SUMAN, BELLEVUE REPORTER

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