Denver streets run orange to welcome Super Bowl-winning Broncos

Tue Feb 9, 2016 5:34pm EST
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By Keith Coffman

DENVER (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of cheering, orange-clad Denver Broncos fans lined the city's streets on Tuesday for a parade and rally to welcome home the team after their upset victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers.

A roar from the sun-splashed crowd went up around noon when the first fire truck, carrying Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Von Miller and quarterback Peyton Manning, kicked off the parade through downtown Denver.

The Broncos captured their third NFL championship on Sunday with a stunning 24-10 victory over the favored Panthers behind a stifling defense, led by linebacker Miller, who stymied Carolina's vaunted high-powered offense

Molly Nichols, an 11-year-old fifth-grader from the Denver suburb of Parker, secured a front-row spot along the parade route with her parents and aunt after getting an excused absence from school.

"My favorite player is Von Miller, so it was really great to see him," she said.

Also at the head of the parade was Annabel Bowlen, wife of team owner Pat Bowlen, who was absent from the festivities as he battles Alzheimer's disease.

A city spokeswoman said officials could not provide an estimate of the crowd size, but planned for a throng of "hundreds of thousands." She noted that the number could swell to nearly 1 million, well over the city's population of almost 664,000, as fans poured in from the suburbs.

Denver has had a love affair with the Broncos since their inception in 1960, even though the team failed to post a winning season in its first 13 years of existence.   Continued...

Feb 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos players celebrate during the Super Bowl 50 championship parade at Civic Center Park. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports