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SEATTLE — It was quite an adventure for the 12th Man getting in and out of Seattle Wednesday. With 700,000 people packing downtown for the parade, the transportation was chaotic to say the least.

After the parade, thousands upon thousands were lined up for hours trying to get on the ferries and water taxis. The commute was a drag for so many but the 12th Man says it was well worth it.

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A mass of humanity at the largest celebration Seattle has ever seen. Over 700,000 #Celebrate48 (Photo by @jeffkmarsh)

Leaving the parade, the youngest 12th fan were all smiles.

“It was great; Marshawn Lynch throwing Skittles; seeing all the vehicles and wide receivers,” fan Marshall Miller said.

The excitement of it all made the commute more bearable.

“We caught the 8:45 a.m. ferry over, did a lot of walking, standing and waiting,” fan Katy O’Keefe said.

The journey back home was even more crowded. Thousands of people packed in like sardines waiting for ferries.

“It’s supposed to be sold out until 11:30 tonight,” Kyle Howell said.

“This is the largest crowd we have seen in the terminals since I have been here,” Washington State Patrol trooper Bill Ashcraft said.

The bus stops were no different.

With every bus packed to the brim, some trying to get home from Westlake Park got frustrated.

“I have to go back to Whidbey Island; it’s a two-hour bus ride, it’s cold; we’ve been waiting for hours,” Lisa Frost said.

Despite the long delays, most did not complain.

“Anything for the Hawks,” Marya Oakley said.

“It was a fun adventure, it was worth it so excited,” Shannon Colberg said.

Instead of waiting, many fans continued their celebration at downtown bars and shops.

“To get out of the cold, it,s nice to keep warm,” Danielle Spaulding said.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on Alaskan Way has never been this busy on a Wednesday evening.

“We were quiet this morning and then, wow, everyone showed up,” owner Andy James said.

Overall, it was a memorable day for families, friends and the 12th Man who wanted nothing more to show their love for their city and Seahawks.

By 7 p.m., there were no more long delays on buses and ferries. Most fans said  despite the challenges of getting around they would do it all over again.

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02/05/14

Where did Marshawn Lynch get that drum?

SEATTLE — Check out this video to see Lynch and the man who gave him his Native American drum.

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02/05/14

Seahawks players wowed by fans, parade turnout

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02/05/14

RAW video: Scenes from Seahawks parade

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SEATTLE — From the parade to the celebration at CenturyLink Field, it was all about saluting the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

wilsontrophy2What was my favorite moment of the day? There were many.

– Russell Wilson walking onto the field with the Lombardi Trophy raised, and the 12th Man going crazy, like they have all season.

– And how about the turnout for Wednesday’s parade? An estimated 700,000 fans.

– And safety Kam Chancellor said it best, that he didn’t realize the magnitude of winning a Super Bowl, it didn’t really hit him until experiencing the celebration and seeing the swarm of 700,000 fans lining the streets.

– Golden Tate told me it was pure chaos — but a great chaos. I loved the images of him waving the 12th Man flag on the back of his vehicle.

– The image of Marshawn Lynch, on the front of the “Ride the Ducks” vehicle, throwing Skittles to the fans.

– And then Lynch spraying champagne over Wilson at CenturyLink Field.

Wednesday was all about the celebration — the connection with the fans, who have been starved for a championship in one of the four major professional leagues since 1979. Yes, the Seattle Storm won two titles, which were both fantastic – but Wednesday’s parade trumped them in national significance, magnitude and number.

And finally, the parade. Are you kidding me? I hope everyone who believes that sports doesn’t have any intrinsic value — doesn’t have any cultural value — saw the turnout and this city and region coming together and celebrating together, of embracing players and coaches who will become heroes in Seattle sports lore.

And all for the kids who missed school? They still got a huge education. They got an education in civic pride — and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Seahawks victory parade downtown

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02/05/14

VIDEO: A look at the Seahawks parade in Seattle

SEATTLE — Seahawks fans, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., talked about the Seahawks’ victory and the effect it has had on Western Washington during the celebrations Wednesday. Watch the video report.

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