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Skittles on Parade: 700,000 attend Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl party

Seahawks receiver Golden State air-hugs the crowd during the team
Seahawks receiver Golden State air-hugs the crowd during the team's Super Bowl Parade celebration through Seattle's downtown. (The green is an artistic effect, in case you were confused.)
— image credit: Twitter: @Seahawks

Our team – B.C.'s only highest-level North American-traveling professional sports franchise, the Vancouver Canucks – is mired in a five-game losing streak, the longest of its season. There are few signs it's going to get better, at least not before the Winter Olympics or (you'd have to say) the beginning of the National Hockey League's 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Canucks have yet to win a Stanley Cup after 44 years of existence. We have the BC Lions, and even they couldn't escape the injury bug last fall, with a shoulder-something derailing one-time MVP pivot Travis Lulay until it was too late to recover.

But a couple hours down the I-5, the Seattle Seahawks are celebrating their first Super Bowl. The Emerald City has finally won the continent's biggest game, bringing a national championship to Washington for the first time since the Seattle SuperSonics stood atop the NBA's podium in 1979.

(They are since extinct. It's not always easy getting recognized in the Pacific Northwest.)

Well, after too long in the shadows, the Seattle Seahawks – their thunderous defence, their strafing quarterback, and the youngest 62-year-old in the United States – are Super Bowl champions.

These photos, below, are from its parade, held on Wednesday. Let Skittles reign.

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