Scenes from Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl victory celebration

February 05, 2013|Baltimore Sun staff

Baltimore Sun reporters are stationed along the parade route, from City Hall to M&T Bank Stadium. See their observations, fan interviews and other updates here.

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Ray Lewis smiled wide to the crowd and yelled "Baltimore!" as he approached the podium.

"There's no [better] place on this earth than the city of Baltimore," he said before he referenced his long career. "This city believed in each other from Day 1, 1996 to now, we believed in each other, Baltimore."

"I said this is my last ride," he told fans, "and every moment every time I've stepped into this stadium, what I've recieved is pure love."--Justin George

Best team in the world

Ed Reed, once again, with his son on his shoulders sang "Two tickets to paradise" before he spoke to fans. "Baltimore, the best team in the world is right here, right here," he said. "Who said what? Who's got it better than who? Baltimore. Yeah we play football in Baltimore. We're going to continue to play Baltimore. Joe Flacco said we're going to repeat so here we go."

'What's our name?'

John Harbaugh, hands in pockets, walked up to the podium next.

"Thank you for today, thank you for every single day," he told the crowd. "We talk about the team. Look around....This stadium is packed with the team."

He said fans' passion, both in Baltimore and New Orleans, carried the team during the Super Bowl game.

"“We said we were going to carry every single fan in our hearts down to New Orleans," he said.

"You were there with us. Thank you very much for being down with us."

He lauded fans determination to get to the packed stadium, which was at capacity and had been closed by police to thousands of fans who couldn’t get in.

"We played with incredible determination and resolve," Harbaurgh said, "and judging by how hard it was to get to this stadium, I would say that was true by our fans."

"The city's going crazy for the Ravens!" Harbaugh said. "The World Champion Baltimore Ravens!"

He then asked the stadium to chant before the rally concluded.

"What's our name?" he asked.

"Ravens," thousands chanted.

"What's our name?"

"Ravens"

"What’s our name?"

"Ravens!"--Justin George

Thank you to the fans

Owner Steve Bisciotti thanked the fans for coming out.

"Thank you for waiting as long as you did," he said. "I don't know how many more times we can do this, bringing championships home before Baltimore loses that chip on their shoulder. I hope that never happens."

Joe Flacco, carrying his son in his arms, yelled out to the crowd.

"Baltimore! We did it. Super Bowl Champs baby," he said. "It doesn't get any better than this. We appreciate you coming out. This is awesome."--Justin George

Ravens introduction

Cheerleaders shot out of the stadium tunnel through smoke waving yellow pom-poms. Flames shot up in the air as the Ravens were introduced beginning with owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and the coaching staff led by head coach John Harbaugh. The Ravens special teams, offense and defense were introduced as a group coming out of the tunnel.
As players came out, U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" played over the loudspeakers, and many players were holding their cameraphones, videotaping their walk to the middle of the field.

Joe Flacco was introduced individually to "When you wish upon a star." He waved to the crowd.
Ray Lewis came out last, Lombardi Trophy in his right hand, the Nelly song "Hot in Herre" booming. He handed the trophy to someone. One last time, he grabbed a patch of grass and performed his trademark dance to a huge ovation.

Finally, "Seven Nation Army" came on and the crowd chanted as Lewis walked up to the stage with the trophy, signaling the start of the hometown celebration program.

"We have always known we have the greatest football fans in the world," PA announcer Gerry Sandusky said.--Justin George

Nose-bleed seats don't matter

Before the event, fans jammed the stadium's entrances to seating sections and blocked the stairways as the team made their way along the parade route. An open seat was impossible to find by about noon if not earlier. And the field was a crush of humanity. As the players arrived, four helicopters circled the stadium including police crews.

Brian Ingram, 19, and Jake Rotter, 20, roommates from Mount Vernon, found a spot in the upper deck to squeeze in.

"I don't care if it's the upper deck, I'm here," Ingram said. Added Rotter, "It's amazing that every walk of life has come together."

The crowd cheers elevated as the owner, coaches and players were introduced culminating when Ray Lewis entered the field.

"One of the main reasons I love this team is they give back to their fans," Ingram said.

Shawn Dyson, 49, Randallstown, closed his business Dynasty Barber Shop and Hair Salon to give his employees the day off.  He brought his family and let his daughter Kendall Willis, 10, skip school.

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