- Associated Press - Monday, February 4, 2013

BALTIMORE — Baltimore was in parade-planning mode Monday, a day after the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory, and some fans citywide were still wearing purple to celebrate.

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city’s parade for the team will begin at City Hall on Tuesday morning and end with a free celebration at M&T Bank Stadium.

Parade details were still being finalized Monday afternoon, but organizers expected it to begin with a short ceremony at City Hall complete with purple and white confetti. Team members were then expected to be carried through the streets in more than 30 vehicles, with a police and fire honor guard leading the way along with the team’s band.

The team arrived back in Maryland Monday afternoon.

John Ziemann, president of the team’s all-volunteer Baltimore’s Marching Ravens, said his 250-person band will be in full dress uniform playing the team’s fight song, which he helped write. They’ll also play The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” the tune of which has become a Ravens anthem.

“I think that’s what the fans want to hear, and that’s what we’re going to give them,” Ziemann said.

Fans, meanwhile, were in good spirits Monday and still celebrating the team’s victory, the Ravens second Super Bowl win. At Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Jen Gaskill, 41, of Baltimore, was waiting for her luggage with a large sign reading “52 Shades of Ray” after flying back from the Super Bowl.

The season-ticket holder for 10-plus years decided with her friend Amanda Cabaday, 36, the week before the game to fly on a charter flight taking 140 Ravens fans to the game.

“The whole crew I sit with, we were all down there,” Gaskill said.

Gaskill was among hundreds of fans that turned the baggage claim area into a sea of purple, wearing shirts bearing statements such as “FINAO — Failure Is Not An Option.”

Jaime Hoback, 37, a Havre de Grace elementary school teacher was also on the charter flight with Gaskill and Cabaday, and said in a hoarse voice that he was “physically and emotionally drained” from the game.

Some fans walked around downtown Baltimore on Monday decked out in purple, and even a downtown statue of Cecilius Calvert, one of the founders of Maryland, had a purple piece of fabric around his neck.

Oleg Fastovsky, 35, a criminal defense lawyer, was wearing a purple tie and carrying a purple foam finger as he walked past Pratt Street, one of the streets on Tuesday’s parade route. He said earlier Monday a court clerk teased him for not wearing enough purple, since she herself had her hair sprayed the Ravens color.

“Everyone’s been in a very good mood,” said Fastovsky, who plans to catch the parade in between court appearances.

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