Fans, 747 greet Seahawks at CenturyLink Field

Fans, 747 greet Seahawks at CenturyLink Field

SEATTLE - Cheering fans and a roaring 747 greeted the Seattle Seahawks at the end of their Super Bowl victory parade.

The team arrived Wednesday afternoon at CenturyLink Field, where thousands of fans had gathered for an event to cap the parade. Shortly after 2 p.m., a Boeing 747 painted with the Seahawks logo flew low over the stadium.

 The parade began near the Space Needle and traveled about two miles through downtown to the Seahawks' home stadium.

The historic crowds in downtown Seattle created some 911 problems during the city's Super Bowl victory parade. Seattle officials said they heard reports of people having difficulty making emergency calls. The city asked fans to keep cell phone use to a minimum in order to ease the strain on the system.

Police estimated about 700,000 people had gathered in downtown to attend what may be the largest gathering in Seattle history.

Among the hundreds of thousands of fans attending the parade were thousands of students who apparently skipped school to attend the parade.

Seattle Public Schools said Wednesday that more than 25 percent of the district's 51,000 students were absent in the morning. By comparison, about 5 percent were absent the day before.

The school district also said 565 teachers were absent, far more than usual. The district says some of those absences were filled with substitutes while others were covered by instructional assistants.