UPDATE: Seahawks victory parade to be held Wednesday

Peninsula Daily News

The NFL champion Seattle Seahawks will be featured in a victory parade through downtown Seattle on Wednesday, the team and Seattle city officials announced.

Details were being arranged late this afternoon, but the parade will travel down Fourth Avenue from Denny Way starting at 11 a.m. It is expected to arrive at CenturyLink Field about 1:30 p.m.

A rally inside the stadium is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., but it will be a ticketed event, team officials announced. Details on how to get tickets is expected to be posted at the team's website, seahawks.com, this evening.

Team officials said they strongly suggest that fans choose either the parade or the stadium rally and not try to attend both, KIRO-TV reported.

Featured in the parade will be the players, coaches and other officials of the Seahawks, who won the Super Bowl game Sunday night by easily defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8, as well as the Sea Gals cheerleaders — among them Port Townsend native Brita Guthrie — as well as Blitz, the team's costumed mascot, Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle/King County politicos.

The Helmet car and Seahawks Drumline also will be a part of the procession and stadium rally.

Also expected to travel down Fourth Avenue in a place of honor: the Lombardi Trophy signifying the NFL championship.

Fans are being encouraged by the city to carpool or use public transportation to reach the area, due to lack of available parking.

North Olympic Peninsula 12th Man fans can park for a fee at Bainbridge Island and ride the ferry to Colman Dock for free eastbound. There is a fare for walk-on passengers for the return (westbound) trip: $7.80 for adults and $3.90 for senior citizens and children 6-18 years.

Bainbridge ferry departures for Seattle are scheduled at 9:40 a.m., 10:25 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Click on the map at right to select a walking route from Colman Dock to the parade route.

There will not be any access to the team at Seahawks practice facilities in Renton or for their arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, unlike their sendoff trip to New York.

"Now the city will prepare to celebrate in the way that only Seattle knows how," said Mayor Ed Murray, in a statement, who added that extra police patrols will be in force for the event.

During Sunday night's Pioneer Square revelry after the Seahawks win, fans slightly damaged the pergola at the square. A bonfire in the University District, in which furniture was burned, led to one arrest.

"The country's eyes are upon us. Let's honor our team's great win and take care to not do anything that would detract from their outstanding achievement," Murray said.

KING-TV, channel 5, announced this afternoon that it will televise the parade live. KIRO-TV, channel 7, said it will stream the event on its website.

Last modified: February 03. 2014 4:44PM
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