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Huge turnout in Baltimore for Ravens’ victory parade

Fans of Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens celebrate their victory before a stadium rally in Baltimore Reuters

Baltimore is turning out in force to support the Super Bowl champion Ravens today.

The victorious Ravens are parading through Baltimore and making their way to a rally at M&T Bank Stadium, and the huge crowd seems so enthusiastic that the parade organizers may have been overwhelmed: Local TV station WJZ showed fans climbing over the barriers and onto the parade route to get near Ray Lewis. (When WJZ’s reporter on the scene attempted to reach Lewis to get a word from him, the police told him to get back.) The time of the rally was pushed back 30 minutes to give everyone more time to get through the crowd.

Players, coaches and team officials are riding military trucks on the parade route, and WJZ reported that there were concerns about fans going onto the parade route, with one reporter pointing out, “These military trucks are enormous and they would crush somebody.” Another WJZ reporter mentioned that the turnout seems more enthusiastic than when the Pope visited Baltimore.

At the outset of the parade, Lewis addressed the cheering crowd, saying, “Baltimore, I love you forever.” The feeling is obviously mutual.

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  1. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Feb 5, 2013 12:26 PM

    That’s because most Ravens fans don’t have jobs

  2. lombardisshineinfoxborough says: Feb 5, 2013 12:26 PM

    Congrats Ravens, much deserved.

  3. whatnojets says: Feb 5, 2013 12:27 PM

    Is Ray lewis going to ascend to heaven today?

  4. mazblast says: Feb 5, 2013 12:29 PM

    Celebrate it to the maximum, Baltimore. You deserve to party. Your team had one heck of a run. This feeling doesn’t happen very often, and you never know when it’ll happen again.

    Signed,

    Steelers fan

  5. overweightman says: Feb 5, 2013 12:30 PM

    Us 49er fans took Monday off. Those Ravens fans get today off.

  6. tonyugoh says: Feb 5, 2013 12:30 PM

    I got to experience a championship parade in ’07 when the Colts won and it was awesome, hope Baltimore fans have a great time today.

  7. 1phd says: Feb 5, 2013 12:30 PM

    They must all be there to thank Ray Ray for retiring after his performance in the Super Bowl. Was he wearing his white suit?

  8. shackdelrio says: Feb 5, 2013 12:32 PM

    Of course they had a big crowd. They had god on their side.

  9. scoobies05 says: Feb 5, 2013 12:37 PM

    hate on jealous haters. ravens won the superbowl and now we are celebrating. great time to be in baltimore. all of you jealous haters are welcome to join in and see how a class winning team does it. go ravens!!

  10. gf2711 says: Feb 5, 2013 12:42 PM

    Why would 49er fans take Monday off? The game was over by 8:30 PST for you

  11. jamaltimore says: Feb 5, 2013 12:44 PM

    Ed Reed singing Two tickets to Paradise was hysterical!

  12. stillworker says: Feb 5, 2013 12:47 PM

    Congrats to the Ravens!!! The 9’ers were lucky the lights went out…..imo the Rat birds were on the verge of laying a major azz-whooping on the left coasters!

    Ray-Ray………just go away!

  13. ravensfan8780 says: Feb 5, 2013 12:50 PM

    Wishing I was in Baltimore right now enjoying that parade.

  14. Cereal says: Feb 5, 2013 12:52 PM

    And Tagliabue didnt want to give this town a football team (Jacksonville over B’more???)…its pandemonium down here !!

  15. maxl49 says: Feb 5, 2013 12:55 PM

    I hope Jerome Boger has is own car !

  16. letemplay says: Feb 5, 2013 1:04 PM

    What an awesome day down here.

  17. nolahxc says: Feb 5, 2013 1:15 PM

    Congratulations Baltimore!

  18. raiderufan says: Feb 5, 2013 1:17 PM

    That is insane and it’s about 3 1/2 hours from darkness….I hope they’re smart and just enjoy the victory.

  19. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Feb 5, 2013 1:19 PM

    Kills me not to be there right now but if I could have lifted my hungover head yesterday morning and made it to work it would be different…. sigh… Go Purp!

  20. adelphos33 says: Feb 5, 2013 1:22 PM

    I know the franchise has basically been successful since inception, but for such a young franchise the Ravens do have a lot of dedicated fans. They seemed to own the Superdome this past Sunday and turnout is strong today.

  21. wte1 says: Feb 5, 2013 1:25 PM

    Patriots fan here. Just want to say congrats to the Ravens and their fans.

    Enjoy.

  22. romosmicrodongs says: Feb 5, 2013 1:29 PM

    from a skins fan to our beltway rivals, congrats baltimore fans and baltimore. Great team amd great coach.

  23. gerardjac says: Feb 5, 2013 1:45 PM

    Steeler Fans… since the Ravens came to Baltimore (1996) we have 2 SuperBowls–same as Pittsburgh…just saying

  24. mrphelps01 says: Feb 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    I’m a Pats fan living right outside of Baltimore, and as much as I hate the Ravens, I have to admit they have a great fan base

  25. haterade999 says: Feb 5, 2013 1:48 PM

    Thanks Florio and the rest of the media!

    Without your accusations and story creating, the Ravens wouldn’t have had so much ammo!

    WORLD CHAMPS.

  26. scoobies05 says: Feb 5, 2013 1:55 PM

    to all the great football fans around the country….thank you for your well wishes.

  27. commonsensedude says: Feb 5, 2013 2:12 PM

    Congratulations, Ravens, from your Redskins fan neighbors to the south. Well done and good job.

  28. rockthered1286 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:12 PM

    Per T-Sizzle:

    “The bandwagon is full folks!”

    SUPERBOWL CHAMPION BALTIMORE RAVENS!

    Feels great!

  29. firesnyder says: Feb 5, 2013 2:52 PM

    Man, it’s just football. Sorry. Chris Kyle’s death within the past few days is putting the NFL into perspective. Who are our “heros” anyway? Take a closer look.

  30. ravenator says: Feb 5, 2013 2:55 PM

    I was there in the stadium and it was awesome! Best fans in the NFL. World Champions – Baltimore Ravens!

  31. ravenator says: Feb 5, 2013 2:56 PM

    Baltimore is a great football town. Averaging a championship every eight years, simply amazing

  32. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 5, 2013 3:05 PM

    Congrats Ravens fans. I gotta say, the east coast shows up to support.
    One thing I’ve learned this past month is that west coasters simply do not gather for support of anything.

    I understand now why everyone says that an L.A. team will never flourish.

  33. camdenyard says: Feb 5, 2013 3:12 PM

    M&T Bank Stadium (71,000) full and another 5,000 on the stadium field. Cops turning away another 20,000 outside. Almost 100,000 people downtown for a victory celebration.

    Proud day to be a Ravens fan.

  34. 33rdasylum says: Feb 5, 2013 3:48 PM

    No riots, no fires, no anger.
    Just people getting together to celebrate.
    A proud day in Bmore all around!

  35. kaakwha says: Feb 5, 2013 4:06 PM

    What an awesome outpouring of love in both directions- from fans to Ravens and from the Ravens to fans. Amazing energy! They could have lit up all of New Orleans with the energy generated today in downtown B-more!

    Seeing 100,000 people all jumping together chanting the Seven Nation Army was as much fun as anyone could imagine!

    @goodellisruiningtheleague
    What a load of sour grapes! Many of us took off from good jobs! We love our Ravens and were showed it today!

    @1phd
    You wish you had someone like Ray on your sorry losing team. He is a great leader and we are proud to call him ours!

    Purple Passion!

    GO RAVENS and GO BALTIMORE!!

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 5, 2013 4:15 PM

    Enjoy the day the feeling is awesome and very rare. Today you can be chumps about being champs. Tomorrow you have to show the class of a champ. Celebrate you earned it.

  37. orivar says: Feb 5, 2013 4:46 PM

    And more importantly no riots.

  38. psuravens19 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:59 PM

    Just got home from the parade and stadium and that was amazing!!!! Ravens SB Champs!!

  39. BmoreSportsGuy says: Feb 5, 2013 7:20 PM

    Went to M&T Bank today to celebrate the SuperBowl. I missed the 2000 parade, I wasn’t going to miss this one. Lord knows they don’t come that often. Lived around BMore my whole life and I have never seen an event like this. Absolutely amazing experience. People were even nice to each each other. Smiling, holding doors, etc… (another amazing experience in the city)

  40. undraftedstar says: Feb 5, 2013 8:20 PM

    Even though we have our Beltway rivalry, i’m happy for the Ravens and their fans. Now only if the Orioles could win a championship this year that would be great…It’s hard being a Redskins and Orioles fan..lol

  41. ravensallday2012 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:04 PM

    Awesome day at parade. Haters will hate but we have two rings and all u steelers fan were only alive for 2 of urs so stop hating

  42. mlbbal52 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:08 PM

    Ravens!!! I love my city, our fans and our team!!! Great stadium and one of the best front offices around!!! Thanks to all the people who cheer other teams giving is the congrats you are classy!!! Good luck to your teams in 2013!!! Football is awesome!!!

  43. ravensdominate says: Feb 5, 2013 10:07 PM

    Most positive and classy I’ve ever seen this board. I won’t ruin it. Great season to all and what a day and season to be a Ravens fan. Today was historic and just a great experience!!! Go Ravens!

  44. dmravens says: Feb 6, 2013 12:00 AM

    Baltimore County Fire Chief Kevin Cartwright said preliminary assessments reflect that at least 200,000 fans showed up at City Hall, War Memorial Plaza and filled the streets along the parade route from Holiday Street to Commerce Street to Pratt Street and ending at its destination at M&T Bank Stadium.

    Thousands of fans were not permitted to enter the stadium after officials said it reached safe capacity by 10 a.m. — nearly 90,000 people in the stands and on the field.

  45. dmravens says: Feb 6, 2013 12:02 AM

    Awesome experience, traffic was terrible, but still worth it

  46. thestatsishere says: Feb 6, 2013 11:07 AM

    The city of Baltimore has some of the greatest ever in the history of the game. They used to make sure all games for the Baltimore Colts were at 2:00 or shortly after so everyone was home from church by then.

    They deserved this Super Bowl and my best friend is one of them. Congrats. Ya’ll are WORLD CHAMPIONS! :)

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