SEATTLE, Wash.—The Seahawks victory parade drew a crowd of about 700,000 people Wednesday afternoon in Downtown Seattle.
City leaders expected around 300,000 people - the same attendance as the Seafair Parade - along the parade route to celebrate the Super Bowl XLVIII Champions, the first Super Bowl winners in franchise history.
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Seattle Public Schools reported 565 teachers absent today, out of nearly 3,000 teachers total. On average, there are between 270-400 teachers out per day. A total of 13,523 students reported absent as of this morning, out of 51,000 students enrolled in the district. For comparison, there were 2,770 student absences yesterday.
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The parade included the Seattle Seahakws, Blue Thunder, Blitz and the Sea Gals.
Governor Jay Inslee has also declared a "Moment of Loudness" at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the Seahawks are paying for the entire parade.
Fans were also able to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The trophy, crafted by Tiffany and Co. in New Jersey, is named for famed Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. The trophy, which depicts a regular size football in kicking position, is made entirely of sterling silver, is 22 inches tall and weighs seven pounds.
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KREM 2’s Jane McCarthy, Whitney Ward, and Jen York will bring you live coverage of the celebrations. Follow their Seattle adventure with #KREMSeahawks on Twitter.