Party like it’s 1999: Denver to celebrate another Super Bowl

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.

Officials won’t give specific turnout predictions, but the last time Denver won the Super Bowl in 1999, the downtown party drew an estimated 375,000 people. A year before that, when the Broncos won the Super Bowl for the first time, about 650,000 people showed up.

“Were probably expecting hundreds of thousands,” said Mike Stott, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Hancock.

Tuesday’s celebration starts at 10 a.m. with a concert featuring Colorado natives Big Head Todd and The Monsters, 3OH!3 and Funkiphino.

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.

Hancock and Gov. John Hickenlooper will also be in the parade, which is expected to take an hour to arrive at the City and County Building, where the rally takes place.

Police spokesman Doug Schepman wouldn’t talk about the specifics of security 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’ve 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 in Super Bowl 50.

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.