- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Denver’s getting ready to party like it’s 1999.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flood a downtown park and a 1.5-mile-long parade route Tuesday to celebrate the Denver Broncos’ first Super Bowl championship in 17 years.

About 375,000 people attended the city’s celebration after the Broncos beat Atlanta in 1999, police said at the time.

“We don’t have a hard number” for this year’s celebration, said Mike Stott, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Hancock. “We’re probably expecting hundreds of thousands.”

In 1998, when the Broncos brought home the first Super Bowl trophy in franchise history, the crowd was estimated at 650,000.

This year’s party starts at 10 a.m. with a concert in front of the City and County Building overlooking Civic Center park and the state Capitol. Colorado natives Big Head Todd and The Monsters, 3OH!3 and Funkiphino will play.

The parade steps off at noon near Union Station, with fire trucks carrying players, coaches and general manager John Elway, who was quarterback the last time the Broncos won.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Denver mayor will also be in the parade, which is expected to take an hour to arrive to the rally.

Police spokesman Doug Schepman wouldn’t discuss the security specifics but said plenty of officers will be present. He said the city is in regular contact with state and federal law enforcement officials, but he wouldn’t discuss any conversations they have had about Tuesday’s events.

Alcohol and - this being Colorado - marijuana will be banned.

Fans began celebrating Sunday night as the clock ticked down on the Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. Scores of fans took to the streets in central Denver in a mostly peaceful but boisterous celebration.

The crowd became unruly at times, but officers for the most part watched from the sidewalk. Police reported a handful of arrests, mainly for criminal mischief.


This story has been corrected to show that Denver’s last Super Bowl parade was in 1999, not 1998.

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