David Rosen
Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn 'Beast Mode' Lynch was reaching into his bag and throwing Skittles to the crowd as the victory parade for the World Champions wound through downtown Seattle Feb. 5. More than 700,000 people lined the parade route and filled the stadiums for the event.

SLIDESHOW: The Seahawks Parade was a love fest

By David Rosen

How do you top winning the Superbowl? For the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 5, as it has been for some time, it came down to celebrating with a whole lot of 12's, the now world famous 12th Man but in unprecedented numbers, who came to share the absolutely over the top joy of realizing that long held goal.

Estimated to be in excess of 700,000 people challenged every mode of human transportation to line the streets of a parade route from Denny Way downtown, along 4th Ave. and finally down to Century Link Field.

People climbed trees, stood atop street signs, and waited, (the parade start was delayed by an hour) in very low temperatures to see their returning gridiron heroes. They didn't disappoint. The full parade moved slowly enough that most people had a chance to see the Lombardi Trophy held aloft, or if they missed that they saw "Beast Mode" Marshawn Lynch on the front of the vehicle transporting the SeaGals Cheer squad as Lynch threw his now trademark Skittles into the crowd.

Photographer David Rosen was there to capture the event and wrote:

"As I arrived downtown early I could feel the anticipation inside me building. The atmosphere was super intense with thousands cheering, and chanting "Sea-hawks! Sea-Hawks!"

As the parade got closer and closer the crowd amped up with full adrenaline. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and I couldn't have asked for more and to be in the spot I was in to capture it all.
I was BLOWN AWAY!!!

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