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.
"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
'What's our name?'
"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
""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
He then asked the stadium to chant before the rally concluded.
"What's our name?" he asked.
"Ravens," thousands chanted.
"What's our name?"
"What's our name?"
Thank you to the fans
"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."
"Baltimore! We did it.
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
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.
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.
"This is part of history," he said. "When you have moments like this in your life, you've got to experience them. This is an epic moment for Baltimore."
An hour after the festivities came to a close, drivers continued inching out of parking lots and a steady stream of fans continued to leave the stadium.--Yvonne Wenger
Touching the trophy
Right as the parade began,
"Ed Reed is walking along the street instead of riding on a float. Fans are reaching out and touching the Lombardi Trophy!" The Baltimore Ravens official Twitter account tweeted.--Justin George
As the players wound through the parade route toward M&T Bank Stadium, fans followed along, coming up right near the vehicles. Some danced in front of each. Police allowed the fans to approach the vehicles as close as possible -- except for the Humvee that carried
According to a Baltimore City Police Department press release sent out at about 12:30 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium had reached maximum capacity and was no longer open to fans.
Due to the delay in the parade starting, downtown rush hour traffic may be impacted by fans leaving this event. Please allow extra time for travel.
Two tickets to paradise
On the steps of City Hall, players faced the crowd and waved before the parade. Wide receiver
"I've got two tickets to paradise," Reed sang. "Two tickets to paradise." After a couple "whoa, whoa, whoas," he told the crowd that the
"Baltimore in the building," he said. "We taking over.
Lewis also spoke to the crowd, thanking the fans for their support. "We promised you we were going to New Orleans for one thing and one thing only," he said. "We told you all year: No weapon formed against us will prosper. This is the Ravens' year...That's two for me. Two for me." Lewis added, "Baltimore, I love you, forever and ever and ever and ever."--Justin George
Before the parade began, thousands packed into the field across from Baltimore's City Hall, where Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Spotify playlist blared favorites by Jay-Z, the White Stripes and Nelly.
The crowd waited in the cold for more than an hour for the parade to start, but no one seemed to care. Impromptu Ray Lewis squirrel dances broke out, and children climbed up flagpoles to get a better view. Along downtown office buildings and parking garages, fans hung celebratory banners.
City Hall introductions
When a lone
"I want to thank all of you for your spirit," Rawlings-Blake told the crowd. "They underestimated us, but..."
"We won!" the fans shouted in response.
"We said we were going to take all the Baltimore Ravens fans down to the
With that, Harbaugh summoned Ravens safety and apparent karaoke enthusiast Ed Reed to sing Eddie Money's "Two Tickets to Paradise," inspiring laughter and more cheering.
Then, Lewis, the retiring standout linebacker, took the microphone for a celebratory but more serious note, and he repeated a modified Bible verse that's become the team's rallying cry: "No weapon formed against us shall prosper."
"It's two for me and the city of Baltimore!" Lewis said of the team's Super Bowl titles.
Screams and shrieks rose up from the crowd.
"We love you, Ray," a woman yelled. "We love you!"--Luke Broadwater
Almost perfect attendance
Live updates have been broadcasting to a nearly full M&T Bank Stadium and fans by the hundreds continue to pour in through the gates. Staff Sgt. James Styles, 56, of Severna Park, said he would have volunteered with his national guard unit to support the festivities if he could. "I've been to every game except one. I couldn't get tickets." Around 11:45 a.m., Styles was still searching for the best seat in the house for him and his elderly mother.—Yvonne Wenger
Everyone loves a parade
After the parade passed, some fans decided not to head over to the stadium, which was already at capacity.
Keith Dealing, 41, Stacy Craven, 40, and Craven's son Zach Craven, 10, all from Belair, said they had a great time at the parade and were excited to go find some lunch. Stacy Craven, who grew up in Locust Point, said the event was an important experience for her son -- a history lesson of sorts.
"We missed the send off, and I was like, there's no way we're missing the parade," she said. "Just to see the players so happy, video taping, that was the cool part for me. Seeing them so excited."
Dealing said he thought the fact some fans rushed onto Pratt Street was "disrespectful," and was glad they had stayed clear of "the riot." But otherwise, the parade was great, he said.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Ray Lewis, a guy who did so much for the
As the parade moved forward, scores of fans broke through barricades and poured onto Pratt Street, following alongside the vehicle that carried Ray Lewis.
Among them were a group of friends from Towson University -- Clara Schneider and Kelley Riley, both 18 from Bethesda; Heather Rera, 18, from
"Some dude broke the barricade, so we went through. I was just like, 'Way to go, dude!'" Schneider said. "It was very exciting. Very exhilarating."
Also among the revelers were friends from the Pimlico neighborhood of North Baltimore Shauntay Allen, 36, Nicole Rustino, 36, Deara Warren, 25, and Taylor Burden, 28.
"It was awesome, the energy of the crowd," Allen said.
"This is like
"We had Baltimore Square," said Allen.
"Yeah Baltimore Square!" Rustino said. "We're representing for our city."
Burden said the fact that fans were able to fill in behind Ray Lewis, and catch up with some of the vehicles carrying other players, made the event extra special.
"We got to see them up close. It brought more excitement. It felt good," she said. "They were so pumped. They were so appreciative."--Kevin Rector
Grown men crying
Brian Snyder, who runs the social event planning company Bmore Around Town, was on the top floor patio at the Pratt Street Ale House after returning on Monday with the 162 fans who had gone to New Orleans for the Super Bowl as part of a chartered flight the company had arranged.
It was great to be back in Baltimore in time for the parade after a fantastic trip, in which everyone stayed, said Snyder, of Arbutus.
"In their minds, it was a great trip overall, but us winning just sealed the legacy," he said, of the fans he took to the Super Bowl. "I've never seen so many grown men cry."
Snyder's voice was still hoarse from all the cheering he did in New Orleans, but he said he wouldn't miss the parade.
Chris Fromm, 28, and Brad Davey, 28, both from the Arbutus area, as well, watched the parade from the patio, which overlooks Pratt.
"This is our first parade. We didn't come to the first one, so came to see the atmosphere," said Fromm, who said this football season has been a great ride.
"A lot of ups and downs, lot of nail biters, but it was great," he said. "Like Ray [Lewis] said, 'We wouldn't have it any other way.'"--Kevin Rector
'In your face!'
Ronda Allen-Bonner, 35, of Edmondson Village, came out with six of her family members. She said the last time the
Hanging with Mr. Boh
Four students from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt met at their school at 9 a.m. and left from there. They parked in a garage and were along Pratt Street near the Convention Center. Senior Kyle Fletcher, 18, was dressed in
In a press release sent out Tuesday morning, the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management notified fans that the
Robert Hecht, 26, of Towson, was driving with friends to try to get to the stadium and turned on to Light Street. As they got to Pratt Street, they were blocked, so they were stuck in their car on Light Street, sitting on the roof and honking the horn. His friend, Allison Higgins, 26, of Canton, was sitting on the roof with him. Higgins said, "we were about to cross the street going to the stadium and they put the fence up in front of us." Hecht added, "I'll take it though" and they plan to watch the parade from the street. They were with CJ Sindler, 26, of Hampden, and Cevry Civelek, 26, of Charles Village. --Kevin Rector
Enjoying the festivities
Stephanie and Les Davis of Middle River came to "enjoy the festivities." They brought their two sons and a neighbor with them. From Stephanie Davis, "It's not something that happens all the time," she said. "The last time they won the
The Hebron family of Landsdowne had a prime seat in the stadium to watch the show. April Hebron, 33, said the family "came to celebrate the Super Bowl champions and
By about 9 a.m. the parking lots surrrounding M&T Bank Stadium were about full. The fans were let in earlier than scheduled and music started pumping. Outside the stadium gates, Gerald Bussie, Jr., 26, of Randallstown, posed for a picture with the
'City parade, our parade'
City student Kristina Smith, 13, of Garrison Middle School, was on Pratt Street with her brother Jerome Smith, 14, of Baltimore I.T. and a group of friends. They said they were happy to be here and thought the decision that city schools would not have off today was unfair. Kristina said, "I was very upset. So I asked my mom if I could come and she said, 'yes.' When my mom said I could go, I was so excited. You just do not understand, 'I'm going to see the
'A live history lesson'
Melissa Albright, 45, and Heather Mendigorin, 39, were lined up on Pratt Street along with their daughters and some of their daughters' friends, all from Hampstead. They had all taken the day off from school and were here with Albright's daughter, Camryn Albright, 14, in 8th grade at Shiloh Middle School who came down for the send-off rally last week, too. Melissa said, "that was fun and crazy. We wouldn't miss this part of it, either." The moms said they took the girls out of school because it's a live history lesson. Mendigorin's two daughters Mia, 13, in 8th grade at Shiloh and Elina, 10, in 5th grade at Spring Garden Elementery School, were with three friends Morgan Herion, 13, in 8th grade at Shiloh, Lauren Bodnar, 14, in 8th grade at Shiloh, Madison Wiedel, 13, in 7th grade Shiloh, who cheer for the Hampstead
Worth the wait
Denise Reid a volunteer at Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School in West Baltimore said, "The whole school celebrated
Fans from afar
Three friends Aly Rosenthal, 21, from
Having a ball
Tera Houser, 34, from Pasadena, drove to New Orleans with her husband Thomas and tailgated with friends at the
Deborah Rodgers, 52, and
Sticking with the team