Seahawks parade will be crowded, cold, loud

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.comFebruary 5, 2014 

Hundreds of thousands of Seahawks fans are expected to flood downtown Seattle on Wednesday for the NFL champions’ much-anticipated Super Bowl victory parade.

The revelry will officially kick off at 11 a.m. The route starts just south of Seattle Center at Denny Way. The parade will then travel south down Fourth Avenue past Westlake Park and finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.

Police will shut down Fourth Avenue at 10:30 a.m. and clear the street as soon as possible. The parade is expected to wrap up at 1:30 p.m.

Those planning to join the festivities are encouraged to bundle up, because temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures usually are in the 50s this time of year.

Players, coaches, Sea Gals, Blitz the mascot and the Blue Thunder drum line will be driven along the route.

The players will be driven by members of the Washington National Guard, who will be at the wheel of Humvees and other military vehicles. Other people will ride Ducks through the parade, for a total of 25 vehicles, organizers told KIRO-TV.

Back in 1979, the parade after the SuperSonics won the NBA championship featured vintage convertibles with the players seated on the back seat.

Among others taking part will be dignitaries, including Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Gov. Jay Inslee.

In case more reason to raise a ruckus was needed, the governor on Tuesday issued a proclamation proclaiming a “Moment of Loudness” at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday. It called for the 12th Man “to celebrate this momentous Super Bowl win and congratulate the team and themselves by making as much noise as possible for 30 seconds.”

Officials warned that parking will be limited at CenturyLink Field and encouraged fans to carpool or take public transportation.

From Sea-Tac Airport, Central Link light-rail trains will take fans on a 38-minute trip to downtown Seattle as often as every 71/2 minutes during peak hours. Adult fares are $2.75 each way.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 The Seattle Times contributed to this report.

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