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With a parade and a rally, Seattle hails its victorious Storm

PHOTOS: Thousands turn out to cheer the 2018 WNBA Champions. 

Sue Bird holds the WNBA championship trophy

Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird holds the 2018 WNBA championship trophy at a victory rally inside Key Arena. (All photos by Caean Couto for Crosscut) 

How does Seattle fete its 2018 WNBA Championship team? With both rain and blue skies, green-and-yellow trolleys, roars and a mayoral proclamation that one day soon, the city will rename a street in their honor.

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(L to R) Seattle Storm players Noelle Quinn, Jewell Loyd and Alysha Clark celebrate in the rain as the 2018 Seattle Storm Victory parade nears Key Arena.  
 
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Breanna Stewart, WNBA League and Finals MVP, poses for a selfie with a fan as the Seattle Storm arrive at Key Arena. 
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Seattle Storm player Crystal Langhorne greets fans at Key Arena. The Storm are three-peat champions having previously won in 2004 and 2010.
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Seattle Storm mascot, Doppler, surfs on top of a car at the head of the parade, which started at the Space Needle.
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Seattle Storm head coach Dan Hughes greets fans who weathered pouring rain and then, sun! Hughes took the reins last October, and led the Storm to their third WNBA title and his first. 
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Breanna Stewart, the WNBA MVP, watches her highlight reel as teammates Sue Bird (left) and Natasha Howard (right) applaud. Stewart, who was also named Finals MVP, averaged 25.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals during the three-game sweep against the Washington Mystics.
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan declared that 1st Avenue North outside Key Arena will soon be renamed Seattle Storm Way. By clinching their third WNBA championship, the Seattle Storm have become Seattle's most dominant professional sports team in the modern era — winning more titles than all other teams combined.

 

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With a parade and a rally, Seattle hails its victorious Storm