Pittsburgh sets parade for Tuesday

Updated: February 3, 2009, 1:41 AM ET
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PITTSBURGH -- The city of Pittsburgh will hold a victory parade for the Super Bowl champion Steelers on Tuesday.

The parade will follow the traditional route for the city's St. Patrick's Day parade. It will begin at noon near Mellon Arena, continue through downtown and end at Gateway Center.

The Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 on Sunday night to become the first NFL team to win six Super Bowls.

An estimated 250,000 fans turned out for a parade in 2006 to celebrate the Steelers' Super Bowl victory over Seattle.

Moments after the Steelers sealed the victory Sunday night, revelers poured out of area bars, and some broke out in song, bellowing Queen's "We are the Champions."

Yellow confetti swirled in the air, people released gold and black balloons and Super Bowl championship paraphernalia was up for sale in the middle of the street.

Pittsburgh police didn't report any major problems, but there were pockets of trouble, mostly in the Oakland section.
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Police arrested more than 100 people for failing to disperse from various locations, at least one for arson and two others for drunken driving. Couches and several garbage containers were set on fire, and several vehicles were overturned as police responded to more than 400 emergency calls during the game and a similar number in the 2½ hours after it ended, city police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.

One officer suffered a possible broken arm and some revelers broke windows, threw bottles at police -- including a state trooper on horseback -- and engaged in fights, Richard said. Large numbers of police in riot gear and on horseback were out in force, surrounding one fire and keeping the crowd back in an effort to let it burn out.

Police in riot gear patrolled the South Side on bikes and in cars, letting the loud and rowdy celebration run its course.

Pittsburgh schools delayed openings two hours Monday to allow for the celebration, but other schools were following suit after the victory. TV news stations were scrolling school delays for Monday as if it were a snow day.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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