Estimated 1 Million Cheer Broncos’ Super Bowl Victory

February 9, 2016
Photo: Broncos parade 1 | View from Capitol
Hundreds of thousands of Broncos fans descended on downtown Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 to cheer for their team's Super Bowl win. The team paraded from Union Station to Civic Center Park.

Posted 3:05 p.m. | Updated 6:06 p.m. 

An estimated 1 million fans came out Tuesday to cheer the Denver Broncos, the newly-minted Super Bowl champion team.

Paradegoers packed the route to catch a glimpse of players riding on top of fire engines. Some watched the parade from balconies and rooftops and a few climbed trees.

The mayor's office estimate of 1 million fans is far more than came out the last few times the Broncos won the Super Bowl -- 650,000 in 1998 and 375,000 in 1999.

“The Broncos are everything to this state. They inspire us," said Isiah Valdez of Colorado Springs, who was born the year the team won their first Super Bowl in 1998.

At the Civic Center Park rally afterwards, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock relished the moment, telling the crowd, "How sweet it is! The Lombardi Trophy is back in the Mile High City."

Broncos Linebacker DeMarcus Ware told the crowd, "There's no place like Broncos country. I mean this right here is awesome. This is amazing."
Meanwhile, Linebacker Von Miller looked ahead to the future -- repeating as Super Bowl Champs: "Back-to-back right?"

The Super Bowl win meant a lot to a whole lot of people around the state. But for fans like Freddy Covarrubias of Brighton, it meant the world.

Photo: Broncos parade 2 | Front row
Photo: Broncos parade 3 | Young fan
Photo: Broncos parade 4 | Transient man
Photo: Broncos parade 9 | Pedicab
Photo: Broncos parade 5 | Fans wait
Photo: Broncos parade 6 | Miller, Bowlen
Photo: Broncos parade 7 | Manning. Elway
Photo: Broncos parade 11 | Team on fire engines
Photo: Broncos parade 12 | Wolfe kisses trophy
Photo: Broncos parade 8 | Fans
Photo: Broncos parade 10 | Fans take over Broadway
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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