At 12:12 p.m. today in Seattle, one might hear a noise as loud as the sonic boom. Well, not quite that loud.
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has called for a “moment of loudness” for 30 seconds during the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade through downtown Seattle. Inslee told Q13Fox.com that the 12th Man should “celebrate this momentous Super Bowl win and congratulate the team and themselves by making as much noise as possible for 30 seconds.”
The parade begins at 11:00a.m. WST and will begin south of Seattle Center and finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field where season ticket holders will enjoy a victory celebration. Seattle players, their head coach Pete Carroll, coaching staff, and more are part of the parade’s festivities which Reuters said will draw up to 500,000 people.
The Seahawks players will ride in amphibious World War II-era Duck vehicles normally used by tourists, and also, during the parade, fans are expected to get a glimpse of the Vince Lombardi Trophy and see Seahawks’ MVP Malcolm Smith, who made 10 tackles, and returned a 69-yard interception for a touchdown.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray encouraged kids to skip school for the event and initially took some heat from Jose Banda, the superintendent of schools, who said students would not be excused from school. Banda later recanted, saying principals would have discretion over whether to excuse absent students.
Officials warned fans headed to the victory parade that they should be prepared for heavy traffic and freezing temperatures, as it is expected to be in the 20s according to AccuWeather.com. Many people staked out spots overnight to beat the crowd.
On Monday, Carroll said he thinks it should be a holiday. “There’s no fan base that deserves this more,” he told KIRO-TV. “Nobody’s worked harder in supporting their team with more passion and love and spirit than ours. So, yeah let’s shut down the darn schools. Let’s shut the businesses down. Let’s have a darn celebration.”