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Anticipation builds as fans line up to celebrate the Seahawks in downtown Seattle today

Fans line up early

Fans already lining up–and bundling up– for front row seats on Fourth Ave.

Today Seattle will officially honor the Seahawks, back from their victory at the Super Bowl in New Jersey.  Everyone is invited to turn out and cheer the champions as they head south  down Fourth Avenue through downtown in a parade, to include the Seahawks players, head Coach Pete Carroll, coaching staff, Sea Gals, Bliz, and the Blue Thunder drumline, as well as local elected officials.  The celebration will begin at Denny Way at 11 a.m. and will continue down Fourth to the sports stadiums.

The City of Seattle expects unprecedented numbers of fans to turn out, and people already are positioning themselves along sidewalks early this morning, hours ahead of time, to secure a front row seat, in spite of temperatures below freezing.  The Seattle Office of Emergency Management will open the Emergency Operations Center this morning at 8 a.m., which is standard practice during large parades.

Please be respectful of each other and private property during the parade. Law enforcement is working hard to keep the streets safe, but if you see something, please say something to an officer around the route. We want this to be a fun, joyous celebration honoring the team and the 12s.

A heavier than usual volume of traffic built early this morning on inbound routes, and is expected to continue, leading up to the event. Heavy traffic is also expected on outbound routes following the parade, continuing into the evening as people head for home following rallies at the sports stadiums.

Public transit is also carrying an especially large number of passengers headed into downtown this morning, expected to continue throughout the morning, and then on outbound routes after the event and into the evening. Some transit will be rerouted due to street closures for the parade. Transit providers have added some extra service for this big day.  For schedules, please refer to the website for the transit service providers—King County Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit.

The parade route will be closed at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen as the parade passes through. On-street parking will be restricted along the parade route on Fourth Avenue, and also on intersecting streets between Third and Fifth avenues. Finding parking will be a challenge, so spectators may want to park outside of downtown and walk into the event. Carpooling in addition to transit will be a good choice, as well as walking or bicycling where possible.

Fans are advised to dress warm for waiting outdoors in freezing temperatures. Carrying a bottle of water and snacks would be wise.  Please remember parade participants won’t be signing autographs during the parade and fans shouldn’t approach the vehicles in the parade.

Use the following links to plan a fun and safe Seahawks celebration: