BALTIMORE (AP) - Ravens fans swarmed the sidewalks of downtown Baltimore and jammed M&T Bank Stadium to honor the team and its 34-31 victory over San Francisco in Sunday's Super Bowl.
The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management estimated that 200,000 people took part in the celebration, with thousands having to be turned back at the stadium. The crowd caused a traffic backup that left players about an hour late for the start of the festivities.
Players and team officials rode from City Hall to the stadium in military vehicles, a trolley and a float designed to look like a miniature football field.
Ray Lewis told Ravens fans that he owed it to them to bring home a second Super Bowl title for the way they supported him during his entire 17-year career with the franchise. The veteran linebacker announced before the playoffs that this would be his "last ride" before retiring.
President Barack Obama phoned coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome today to congratulate them on the Super Bowl win.