I’m not going to lie. Life in the city comes with challenges-noise, traffic, and much smaller grocery stores-but there are also advantages. One of the best perks is proximity and access to fun events. Last Sunday I walked a few blocks to the Seattle Center and cheered on the Seattle Storm, 2018 WNBA champions. (That’s women’s basketball for any of you who don’t follow sports.)
2018 Seattle Storm Championship Parade
The Storm capped their winning season by sweeping the Washington Mystics for their third WNBA title. (They previously won it in 2004 and 2010.) I call that a parade-worthy achievement. You can read more about the celebration here.
Activities included flying the team flag over the Space Needle, parading the players to Key Arena in trolley cars, and renaming a city street for the Seattle Storm.
I joined lots of other fans and local media who lined the street and waved to MVP Breanna Stewart, veteran Sue Bird, and the rest of the team. I saw the three trophies but didn’t manage to snap a great picture. Making the event even more dramatic, an actual rainstorm hit as the team reached our spot.
2016 Seattle Sounders MLS Champion Parade
Yet this isn’t the first time I was able to participate in a championship parade. In 2016, I went to the celebration for the Seattle Sounders soccer team. They won a penalty kick shootout against Toronto to win the MLS Cup that season. See an article about the match here.
2014 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Parade
The city went crazy after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos and won Super Bowl XLVIII. Some estimates claimed the crowd that lined the two-mile parade route numbered over 700,000. I was there! It was so cold and there were so many people, but it was so exciting to cheer them on. You can read more about the celebration here.
I follow sports, but I’m no face-painting super-fan. If I didn’t live in the city, I probably wouldn’t have been able to attend any of these events. Yet, I do, I did, and I took all these pictures in person. (Obviously I was too short to get a good picture of the Seahawks players. For better pictures see the links I included.) Even though life in the city has its issues, I love the perks and I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon.
Have you been to a championship parade? Share in the comments.