PROGRAMMING ALERT: The parade will be carried live on NWCN and streamed on NWCN.com.
The Seattle Seahawks arrived home Monday as Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history. At the same time, fans and the City of Seattle are getting ready for a huge parade on Wednesday.
The team landed in Seattle Monday evening and some fans greeted them at the VMAC.
"It's good to be back in the Great NW #12s!" Coach Pete Carroll tweeted. "Can't wait to celebrate with you all on Wednesday! Super Bowl Champs!!"
The Seahawks victory parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will begin just south of Seattle Center at Denny Way and travel south down 4th Avenue past Westlake Park and finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.
Along the parade route, you'll see the players, head coach Pete Carroll, Seahawks executives, Gov. Jay Inslee and Mayor Ed Murray. They'll all be high off the ground for security reasons.
Blue Thunder, Blitz and the Sea Gals will also be at the parade.
At Wednesday's parade you'll also see 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.
A Super Bowl celebration will be held at CenturyLink Field following the parade. Season ticket holders received an email that allowed them to claim tickets for the celebration. They had until noon to print off those tickets.
Seats will not be assigned. Remaining tickets will open to the public following the window for season ticket holders.
The celebration is expected to start around 1 p.m. at CenturyLink following the parade. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m.
Seattle Public Schools said Monday they will not close or dismiss school early because of the parade. Parents who want to take their students out of school can do so, but per state regulation, it will be treated as an unexcused absence, Superintendant Jose Banda said in a statement.
"While we support the team, academics must come first and it’s important not to lose a day in the classroom," said Banda.
The School District said families should expect bus delays on Wednesday afternoon.
Security will be tight along the parade route, and some businesses may hire private security, others on the route are hiring extra workers and are putting in protective fencing.
The Seattle Police Department will close 4th Avenue at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen it as soon as possible.
Fans are encouraged to carpool or take transit to the parade. There will be limited parking availability at CenturyLink Field. More details on the celebration are expected from the Seahawks.