(Our earlier coverage of West Seattleites heading to the parade, including via Water Taxi, is here)
(Part of a downtown crowd estimated at 700,000! Photo by David Christensen)
11:00 AM: It’s 11 am – time to start parade coverage. Regional TV is streaming as well as broadcasting; we start with links:
Photos, etc., to come! (added) Mark Tabbutt shared this pre-parade-crowd video recorded while bicycling to work:
Remember that road closures/bus reroutes have kicked in downtown, so if you’re not at the parade or watching it, still a good idea to stay put until it’s all over.
11:12 AM: We’re listening to KING’s stream, and the parade has not yet started – the team HAS arrived at the staging area, though. And the fans there were just singing “We Are the Champions.”
11:30 AM: Still hasn’t started. But we have an update from Seattle Public Schools: 13,523 students absent today – that’s 1 in 4, and about five times yesterday’s absences. 565 teachers are out, about 1 in 5, and about double the usual rate.
11:54 AM: Parade has finally begun. This traffic cam downtown has a good view:
12:43 PM: Three high-ranking politicians suggest a Seahawk should join their profession:
— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@CantwellPress) February 5, 2014
Seattle Police are estimating 700,000 people downtown for this – more than double the original expectation.
1 PM: One of the sweetest scenes so far, via TV helicopter extreme zoom:
— Casey McNerthney (@mcnerthney) February 5, 2014
(added) Ground version of the view, from Larry Murante:
1:22 PM: Tweeted by West Seattleite Kim Sharpe Jones:
— Kim Jones (@seattlekim) February 5, 2014
2:03 PM: The parade’s almost over. (The 747 flyover just happened!) We’re adding photos – check back!
3:16 PM: Lots more photos – this is from Doug Branch, in the midst of the downtown crowd:
More from Larry Murante: