SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a “Moment of Loudness” for 30 seconds at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday — which will take place during the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade through downtown Seattle.
In addition, Seattle Public School Superintendent Jose Banda — who has come under criticism for refusing to close the city’s schools so that children can attend the city’s first Super Bowl parade — backtracked a bit Tuesday. He said individual principals would be able to decide if it would be an excused absence or unexcused absence for students to take the day off Wednesday.
In Inslee’s proclamation calling for a “Moment of Loudness” at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday, he urged “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.”
“There is no fan base that deserves this more. Nobody has worked harder in supporting their team with more passion and love and spirit than ours,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said early Monday.
So the 12th Man has an invitation to the celebration, and Carroll wants every fan there, including the youngest 12s.
“I feel so humbled to get to bring this championship back them and it’s their championship. In my mind, it goes to the kids. I know the adults will take it in, in a big way, but for the kids — that started a memory of what this is all about — and being connected to your team, so, yeah, let’s shut down the darn schools,” Carroll said.
Shut down the schools so children can attend the parade Wednesday.
But Seattle Public School officials say the kids’ time would be better spent in the classroom.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, Seattle Schools Superintendent José Banda said: “Seattle Public Schools will not close or dismiss school early because of the parade. Parents who wish to take their students out of school can, but per state regulation, it will be treated as an unexcused absence. While we support the team, academics must come first.”
On Tuesday, Banda said he would leave it up to individual school principals.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. We’re definitely going to see the parade,” parent Jon Hansen said.
The parade will wind its way through downtown Seattle.
Beginning near Seattle Center, the parade will travel south down 4th Avenue past Westlake Park and through downtown. It then cuts west on Washington, then down 2nd to finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.
That leaves a lot of time and space for fans to get a glimpse of their favorite players and some parents say they plan to take their kids, whether school is in or not.
“I’ve been watching the Seahawks for 40 years and this is my one and only chance to do this. This might be his one and only as well, so I don’t see a problem with it at all,” parent Bart Fawbush said of his child.
“It’s a maybe. My older son wants to go so he’s begging us to take him out of school, so I’m still thinking about it,” parent Shannon Price said.
PARADE DETAILS –
Seahawks Announce Additional Super Bowl Parade Information
Fans invited to participate in mobile celebration
RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks will celebrate their first Super Bowl championship with fans on Wednesday, February 5 with a parade through downtown Seattle. The parade will begin at 11 a.m.
WHAT: Mobile celebration and victory parade for Super Bowl XLVIII Champions
WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: The parade will begin just south of Seattle Center at Denny Way and travel south down 4th Avenue past Westlake Park and finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.
WHO: Seahawks Players, Head Coach Pete Carroll, Coaching Staff, Seahawks Executives, Sea Gals, Blitz and Blue Thunder drumline. The Seahawks players will be carried by the local company, Ride the Ducks, and one of the Ducks will be changed into the 12th Man Duck.
TIMING: The parade begins at 11 a.m
TRAFFIC: Seattle Police Department will close 4th Avenue at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen it as soon as possible.
PARKING: There will be limited parking availability at CenturyLink Field. Fans are encouraged to carpool and utilize public transportation.
DRESS: Based on the projected forecast, fans are encouraged to dress appropriately for cold temperatures.
We’ll have more information on Wednesday’s festivities on Q13 FOX News at 4 and 5 p.m.