The Northwest — Idaho, British Columbia, Seattle, the whole state of Washington —went kind of crazy for the Seahawks celebration.
Update 3:55 p.m. We've wrapped up for you with a video from Seattle Top Story, and all the updates from the parade and CenturyLink Field celebration of the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory.
Update 3:33 p.m. The celebration ends with Paul Allen and some of the players raising the Lombardi Trophy. But it probably is going to continue all over downtown. Were there really 1 million people?! Or 700,000?! Kam Chancellor tells a KCPQ reporter that the triumph hadn't really sunk in until he saw the crowds and the city's respect for the game and the players.
Update 3:20 p.m. Russell Wilson wraps up the players' talks to the crowd by talking about possibly winning another Super Bowl next year. His exit line ? Right. "Go, Hawks."
Update 3:18 p.m. Announcer Steve Raible introduces "a word from the defense." It's Richard Sherman speaking, who proclaims, "We love you, Seattle."
Update 3:16 p.m. Pete Carroll tells the crowd there is nothing like the team's relationship with its fans in all of professional sports.
Update 3:07 p.m. Team owner Paul Allen gets a huge cheer from the crowd after Steve Raible introduces him as the man who saved the Seahawks for Seattle. Allen says he has been told that 1 million people turned out for the event. (This is from KCPQ, which is broadcasting the event.)
Update 2:56 p.m The players are on the field, after walking on one at a time. They came in by number, highest to lowest. Doug Baldwin, 89, has a great grin. Richard Sherman, 25, comes out and then films the entry of Marshawn Lynch, 24. After the coaches enter, Russell Wilson carries on the Lombardi Trophy.
Update 2:35 p.m. The crowd at CenturyLink is watching a season-highlights film. They are getting psyched.
Update 2:33 p.m. Talk about classy: Just as the events in CenturyLink are about to start, the Seahawks used their own Twitter account to send out a picture of a child in Florida with a heart ailment whose wish is, according to his parents' post, to meet a Seahawk.
Update 2:25 p.m. On KCPQ 13, one of the Hawks players, Breno Giacomini, just challenged the fans in CenturyLink, where the players are finally arriving, to be as loud as the folks on the street.
Update 2:22 p.m. Who says newspapers are dead? Love this photo from the UW Daily's editor-in-chief, Joshua Bessex. Tag this #GoHawks and #GoSeattleTimes?
Update: 2:18 p.m. Here's that Boeing jet Art Thiel mentioned earlier.
Update: 1:35 p.m. The vehicles carrying the players have started to reach Pioneer Square, where the crowd is jam-packed.
Photo by Lindsey Engh
Update 1:20 p.m. Police are said to be asking people to limit cell-phone usage: The volume of phone us is slowing communications on the 911 system. And Sound Transit tweeted this out:
Hearing parade won't hit Century Link till 3, then the big ceremony. Plan on sticking around town this afternoon, commuters.
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