KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) — Thousands of Kansas City Chiefs fans gathered in downtown Kansas City for Wednesday’s Super Bowl parade and rally.

The Chiefs’ Championship Parade began at noon Wednesday and traveled from the River Market down Grand Boulevard. The parade then turned toward Union Station with a rally.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes were riding in double-decker buses, joined by teammates, family and Chiefs officials, in front of fans standing up to 10 people deep as the parade rolled down a main downtown street on the way to a rally at Union Station.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt stood in one of the buses holding the Lombardi Trophy, denoting the Chiefs’ 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl on Sunday. He later handed it off to players, who passed it around.

Players and Coach Andy Reid give speeches

Chiefs Owner Clark Hunt

Most schools, many businesses and some government offices in the Kansas City metro area were closed to allow fans to enjoy the festivities.

Fans were generally happy and in good spirits while waiting in long lines for food trucks, merchandise trucks and, of course, portable toilets. 

Officials began planning the parade weeks before the Chiefs defeated the Eagles on a field goal with 8 seconds remaining in the game.