Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade

By Eric Levenson, CNN

Updated 4:07 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020
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4:07 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Coach Andy Reid says the Chiefs will be back for a parade next year

Andy Reid had to work as a head coach for 21 years before he was able to win his first Super Bowl title this year. But he's already confident he'll get another one.

"Next year, we're coming right back here," Reid said at the rally. "One more time."

Reid was one of a number of Chiefs leaders who spoke at Wednesday's celebration.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce, safety Tyrann Mathieu and receiver Tyreek Hill also led rousing cheers from the crowd and thanked their teammates.

"We unleashed a can of whoop-ass on everybody," Kelce said.

"This is the most beautiful scene I've ever witnessed in my life," he added. "I love this city to death. I promise you from here to the end, I cherish every moment with y'all."

3:18 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Members of the Super Bowl IV team are celebrating at the parade today

Head coach Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs holds the Super Bowl trophy as owner Lamar Hunt (L), Otis Taylor and Len Dawson (R) look on during the Chiefs rally after their Super Bowl IV victory over the Minnesota Vikings on January 12, 1970.
Head coach Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs holds the Super Bowl trophy as owner Lamar Hunt (L), Otis Taylor and Len Dawson (R) look on during the Chiefs rally after their Super Bowl IV victory over the Minnesota Vikings on January 12, 1970. Bruce Bennett Studios

When the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl IV in 1970, about 15 players didn't get to celebrate in the local parade because they had to attend the AFL All-Star Game several days later.

They wouldn't get another chance, as Kansas City didn't win another Super Bowl -- until now.

Nine of those 15 players are still with us and were invited to celebrate in Wednesday's parade, said Clark Hunt, the part owner, chairman and CEO of the Chiefs.

That team, led by quarterback Len Dawson and coach Hank Stram, beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7.

2:36 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

All that red: Here's what the crowd looks like

It's a brisk 27 degrees Fahrenheit in Kansas City but crowds of Chiefs fans donned red coats, hats and scarves and braved the cold for their hometown heroes.

Orlin Wagner/AP
Orlin Wagner/AP

It was particularly crowded near Union Station, where the parade ends and where players will give their victory speeches.


Because of the crowds, some risk-takers climbed trees to get a better view of the festivities. Be careful, guys!


2:06 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

The Super Bowl trophy is making the rounds

The silver Super Bowl trophy, named for legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, has been passed around among Chiefs players and buses.


The NFL's Twitter feed posted a short video of wide receiver Mecole Hardman lifting the trophy atop one of the double-decker buses.

2:13 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Patrick Mahomes is very, very excited

Reed Hoffmann/AP
Reed Hoffmann/AP

For all the accolades -- last season's NFL MVP, this year's Super Bowl MVP -- quarterback Patrick Mahomes is still just 24 years old.

And he's very excited!

It's been a whirlwind week for the young star.

As per tradition, he ventured to Disney World after winning the Super Bowl MVP award. He was back in KC on Wednesday morning with a hoarse voice, but ready to celebrate.

1:06 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

The Chiefs parade has begun!

Here we go!

Players and team leaders, including head coach Andy Reid, below, stood atop double-decker buses and moved through the parade route at just after 12:30 p.m. ET.


The Chiefs posted a video of QB Patrick Mahomes, TE Travis Kelce and others singing Queen's "We Are The Champions" atop one bus.

A lot of players are wearing large ski goggles. Why? Who knows! But hey, when you're the champs, you can wear what you want.

Kelce, in the gray coat and light hat, is also wearing a wrestling title belt around his waist.


1:50 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Here are some of the Chiefs' best-known players and figures

As you watch the championship parade, here are some of the better-known faces and names to keep an eye out for.

Patrick Mahomes, star quarterback and Super Bowl MVP:

Patrick Mahomes.
Patrick Mahomes. Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Travis Kelce, five-time Pro Bowl tight end and big personality:

Andy Reid, one of the all-time great head coaches:

Andy Reid.
Andy Reid. David J. Phillip/AP

Tyrann Mathieu, safety nicknamed the "Honey Badger":

Tyrann Mathieu.
Tyrann Mathieu. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Tyreek Hill, speedy wide receiver who was investigated after an accusation that he abused his son; Hill denied wrongdoing and was not suspended or fined by the NFL:

Tyreek Hill.
Tyreek Hill. Mark Brown/Getty Images

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, offensive lineman and the first medical doctor playing in the NFL:

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images North America/Getty Images

1:46 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Police chase along the parade route ends with suspects in custody

From CNN's Melissa Alonso and Jason Hanna:

The Chiefs' championship parade route had a little more activity than was planned for.

A car led police on a brief chase on the route in downtown Kansas City more than three hours before the parade kicked off. The chase ended when a police car nudged the fleeing vehicle in a PIT maneuver, also known as the precision immobilization technique.

Kyle Rivas/Getty Images
Kyle Rivas/Getty Images

The commotion happened as people were gathering for the parade honoring the Chiefs for their 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Paradegoers watched curbside as the unmarked police car nudged a car in the rear driver's side, pushing the car around and eventually forcing it to stop on Pershing Road, near the parade route's end.

Kyle Rivas/Getty Images
Kyle Rivas/Getty Images

Another police car then struck the target car head-on, ensuring it couldn't move forward. Numerous officers on foot, some with guns drawn, then surrounded the car. Two people were taken out of the car, police said.

No one was injured, police said.

1:48 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Chiefs fans form a 'Sea of Red'

Chiefs fans decked out in team colors made what the team called a "Sea of Red" on Wednesday morning outside Union Station.

The parade route will take the Chiefs to Union Station, where they will hold a celebratory rally.