On Wednesday, February 10th, the city of Seattle gathered together to celebrate their first major professional sports championship in 35 years. The championship was long overdue, as the 700,000 people who gathered would all tell you. Everywhere you went there were chants of “SEA!” followed by echoes of “Hawks!” Once the parade started, the Seahawks chants persisted but were joined by cheers of “Pete! Pete! Pete!” and “L-O-B!”
It was unlike anything I’ve ever been at. The streets of Seattle were shut down in 25 degree weather. I wish you all could have been there. If you’re a Seattle sports fan though, you were there regardless if it was physically you or not. It felt like Griffey, Edgar, and The Bone were there celebrating. Payton and Kemp could have been standing beside me. Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselback would have blended right in with all of the fans that were wearing their jerseys. Ichiro and Bret Boone could have been watching from Safeco’s roof. February 10th was a celebration for all of Seattle. It was a celebration of all the teams that couldn’t quite make it happen before our Hawks did and it was a celebration of all the fans that were patient and supportive in the past 35 years. Of course, it was a celebration of a team that embodied Seattle more than any team ever has. Our 2014 Super Bowl Champions were home and Seattle was ready to party.
What follows are some of my favorite pictures that I got from that day. They are mostly of the parade and I’m just going to put them in chronological order. Wordpress isn’t the best site for pictures but we’ll make do. I’m not going to add any writing to these. If you have any questions or want to see all of my pictures, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. I hope you’re able to soak these in, get a feel for what it was like there and realize that, even if you weren’t there, you were represented well by the best city in the world. Go Hawks.