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            === Baltimore throws grand party for champion Ravens ===
 
 Baltimore,  MD (Sports  Network) - Ray Lewis  danced one final time on the M&T
 Bank  Stadium turf  as the city of Baltimore celebrated the Ravens' victory in
 Super Bowl XLVII with a raucous celebration on Tuesday.
 
 An  overflow  crowd reveled in  Sunday's 34-31  victory over the San Francisco
 49ers  in New Orleans,  which gave Baltimore its first title of any kind since
 the  Ravens routed  the New York Giants  in Super Bowl XXXV back in January of
 2001, with thousands of fans lined throughout the city streets and the stadium
 also  showing their appreciation for Lewis as the beloved team icon begins his
 retirement after a remarkable 17-year run with the organization.
 
 Quarterback  Joe  Flacco  drew  his  share  of cheers  as  well  for  his  MVP
 performance  in  Sunday's thrilling win,  while safety  Ed Reed added a little
 singing  to  Lewis' trademark "Squirrel  Dance" out  of the entrance tunnel by
 belting out a rendition of Eddie Money's "Two Tickets to Paradise" and leading
 the  familiar chorus  of the  White Stripes'  "Seven Nation  Army" during  the
 rally.
 
 Still,  the  main  attraction  was undoubtedly  Lewis,  the  franchise's  most
 decorated  and recognizable  player and  the  only remaining  member from  the
 Ravens'  first  Super Bowl triumph 12  years ago, as the 37-year-old concluded
 his self-termed "last ride."
 
 The  two-time  NFL Defensive Player  of the Year and  Super Bowl XXXV MVP gave
 plenty  of  affection back  to the city  where he spent  his entire pro career
 while addressing the crowd at the rally.
 
 "There  is  nothing in  the world,  there is no  place on  this earth, that is
 better  than Baltimore,"  Lewis said. "We believed in each other from day one,
 from 1996 to now.
 
 "The only way on my last ride to pay Baltimore back for everything you did for
 me  and all the  support you gave to me, was to bring back the Lombardi Trophy
 to  Baltimore one  more time.  I love  you, Baltimore.  Baltimore! Forever  my
 city."
 
 Reed, an impending free agent with an uncertain future with the team, took the
 podium  next and took a slight jab at the team the Ravens toppled to claim the
 Lombardi Trophy.
 
 "Who's  got it  better than who?," he  said in a reference to 49ers head coach
 Jim Harbaugh's famed team rallying cry of "Who's got it better than us?"
 
 Harbaugh,  of course,  is the  younger brother  of Ravens  sideline boss  John
 Harbaugh,  who wrapped up the festivities by leading the crowd in a team chant
 after thanking the fans for their support.
 
 "Our   team,  I'm  talking   about  all  of  us,  one  of  the  keys  was  our
 determination,"  said  Harbaugh. "We  played with incredible determination and
 resolve.  And judging by how hard it was to get into this stadium, I would say
 that's  true  about our fans,  too. We're on the  parade coming down here, and
 every  cranny, every  sidewalk is full. Every opening where it opens up, every
 grassy  knoll is  packed with Ravens fans. They broke down the barriers behind
 Ray Lewis and mobbed the streets, right? They filled the streets.
 
 "The city's going crazy! For the Ravens! The world champion Baltimore Ravens!"
 
 The celebration began shortly before noon ET at City Hall and continued with a
 parade through the streets until the team reached M&T Bank Stadium.
 
 
 02/05 15:02:17 ET