It was an all out Ravens party in the streets of Baltimore Tuesday, as the Charm City rolls out the purple carpet to honor their Super Bowl champion Ravens.
It was a scene of pure unbridled joy and unity of spirit.
The crowd grew and grew and grew in Baltimore as fans got in place for the big Ravens parade.
Down Pratt Street, the world champions rolled, with quarterback Joe Flacco taking video all along the way, Ray Rice waving and leading cheers, Ed Reed smiling ear to ear, Haloti Ngata and Ma’ake Kemoeatu proudly holding the super bowl trophy.
It was what Kelly Clayton came from Northern Virginia to see.
“It’s just strictly pride,” Clayton says. “The passion Ray Lewis has is unbelievable. Ravens all day!”
And then came the mam. Ray Lewis on a National Guard humvee surrounded by mounted officers. The crowd grew so excited they broke down the barriers. It was an adoring mob scene.
So many pushed forward that the big stadium went past capacity. The gates had to be closed on tens of thousands of fans. The smiles never faded.
“I came up from dc on the train just to celebrate,” says Rico Wisner. “Means so much to see ray go out on top as a champion.”
The Ravens won their second Super Bowl in franchise history on Sunday, holding off a late charge from the San Francisco 49ers for a 34-31 victory.
After the parade, more than 70,000 rowdy ravens fans packed M&T Bank Stadium for a welcome home party. Fans wearing purple and black filled the seats and the field.
The gates opened at 10 a.m. By noon, it was a capacity crowd. And then the headliners rolled in: The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
“You're a special group and we love you,” Flacco said. “And hey man it doesn’t get any better than this. We appreciate you coming out. This is awesome.”
And of course, the fan favorite - retiring linebacker Ray Lewis.
“We believed in each other from day one,” he said. “1996 to now, we believed in each other Baltimore.”
If you were at the parade and want to send us pictures or tweets, you can tweet us @ABC7News. You can also tweet with the hashtag #RavensParade and see it pop up on our social media map below. The purple line designates the parade route.