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.

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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.

Covarrubias’s father died two years ago. His dad was a big advocate of Gary Kubiak becoming head coach – something that happened after he passed away. Covarrubias wore his dad’s old Elway jersey to the rally.

“If it wasn’t for my dad I wouldn’t be a Bronco fan. So I’m here kind of representing both of us today," Covarrubias said,

More photos from the celebration:

Fans at the front row of the Broncos Super Bowl rally in Civic Center Park arrived bright and early to claim their spot on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

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A young fan cheers during as a highlight reel of Super Bowl 50 plays at a rally for the Denver Broncos at Civic Center Park on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

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Norman Greasewood panhandles on the fringes of the massive rally for the Denver Broncos at Civic Center Park on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Greasewood was glad the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers -- the Panthers handily defeated Greasewood's Arizona Cardinals earlier in the playoffs.

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A pedicab driver high-fives Bronco victory parade watchers on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

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Fans anxiously wait for the Broncos victory parade to start down 17th Street in downtown Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

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Broncos linebacker Von Miller and team owner Annabel Bowlen wave to fans during the team's victory parade through downtown Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, waves to fans during the team's victory parade through downtown Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. At right is retired quarterback and current team Executive Vice President John Elway.

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Members of the Denver Broncos wave to adoring fans from atop a fleet of fire engines during a Super Bowl victory parade, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Denver.

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Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe kisses the Lombardi Trophy during a victory rally to celebrate the Bronco's win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, in Denver, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

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Fans take pictures as the Broncos victory parade continues down Broadway toward Civic Center Park on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

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After the parade ended, fans swamped Broadway near Civic Center Park on Tuesday, Feb. 9 2016.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.