SEATTLE -- Hundreds of thousands of cheering Seahawks fans crowded downtown Seattle streets on Wednesday to celebrate the franchise's first Super Bowl victory.

So many people streamed into town, the parade started about 40 minutes late because the team buses had a hard time making their way to the starting point near the Space Needle.

Police estimated about 700,000 people attended the event -- more than the city's population -- in perhaps the largest gathering in Seattle history.

The 12th Man packed the 2-mile route, wearing jerseys, blue and green wigs, waving flags, scarves and signs, and erupting into song and dance. With the temperature hovering at about 30 degrees, fans and players alike were bundled up.

The Washington National Guard escorted many of the players in Humvees and other military vehicles under blue skies and freezing temperatures. Others rode in Ride the Duck amphibious vehicles used to take tourists around the city.

The MVP of the parade was Marshawn Lynch, who stood on the hood of the Duck, tossing Skittles to the crowd and taking pictures of the cheering crowd.

The players took turns holding up the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The trophy, crafted by Tiffany and Co. in New Jersey, is named for famed Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. The trophy, which depicts a regular size football in kicking position, is made entirely of sterling silver, is 22 inches tall and weighs seven pounds.

The parade ended at CenturyLink Field, where a ceremony was to be held to mark the team's first Lombardi Trophy in 38 seasons. Governor Jay Inslee asked for a Moment of Loudness at 12:12 p.m. and Boeing's 747-8 airplane painted in Seahawks colors did a fly-by over the stadium.

Other city leaders praised fans for keeping the celebration safe and classy.

Seahawks fans have been their usual well-behaved, patient and loud selves, braving freezing temperatures and treating the team and each other with respect, said Barb Graff, director of Seattle's Office of Emergency Management.

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