Thousands of fans thank Titans

Thousands of fans turned out this afternoon in near-freezing temperatures for a parade and ceremony to celebrate the Tennessee Titans' record-breaking season.

Fans lined the parade route and started grabbing seats in Adelphia Coliseum for a welcome home ceremony for the players at the end of the parade. One man waved a box of cigars despite the Titans' 23-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Sunday's Super Bowl.

One sign said it all: ``12th man gives thanks.'' Another summed up the excitement from the team's first Super Bowl berth: ``Titans put wings on our dreams.''

The loss only slightly marred the Titans' first season with their new nickname, logo, uniforms and stadium. They turned in a franchise-best 16-4 record and set attendance records at Adelphia after being ignored the previous two years in Memphis and at Nashville's Vanderbilt Stadium.

The parade wound through Music City's downtown and across the Cumberland River into Adelphia Coliseum where even more fans awaited, bundled in coats and blankets with the temperature at 33 degrees.

Parents had protested the midday parade after educators said students would not be excused for taking a day off. That didn't stop hundreds of children from lining the parade route.