Hundreds of thousands of fans crank up volume as Seahawks victory parade rolls through Seattle

The Associated Press

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, left, lifts the Vince Lombardi Trophy with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during a rally on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos on Sunday in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVIII game in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Seattle city officials asked the public to keep cellphone use to a minimum to keep lines free for emergency use. There were some reported difficulties with 911 calls getting through, said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for the mayor.

Chris Hoops, a sales worker from Everett, and his school-aged daughters left home at 7 a.m. to get a good spot.

The girls, 11-year-old Emily and 8-year-old Bella, were bundled in sleeping bags at his feet. They warmed up when they were asked whether they were sorry about missing school. They shouted "No!" in unison.

"I like the Seahawks," Emily said. "They were really good this season."


AP reporters Tim Booth, Donna Gordon Blankinship, Gene Johnson, Mike Baker and Manuel Valdes contributed to this report.

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