Fans skip work, school and take lunch breaks to see Broncos parade

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DENVER -- Amid the sea of orange and blue at the Broncos' victory parade Tuesday, many fans were wearing business suits.

"I have an appointment with a customer," one fan said as he watched the action at 17th Street and Court Place. "Hopefully, he's a Broncos fan."

Dawn Russell said she was amped and excited to be a part of the atmosphere.

"I happened to have a broker meeting, and it happened to be right here. How convenient," Russell said.

Many fans joined in and took a break from working to cheer on the Broncos' Super Bowl victory. Jason Powers left his local banking office for a break to catch the action.

"It's been 17 years since the Broncos last won," Powers said. "I was a senior in high school so I remember coming down for that parade and had a great time. You can't miss something like this."

Some area businesses and restaurants, like Pizzeria Colore at the corner of 17th and Court, stood to benefit from all the fan foot traffic.

"Seeing all those people -- it's always good for the city of Denver, good for business," co-owner Sean Kenny said. "We love reppin' the Broncos too."

Many fans went inside for a slice of pie after watching the Broncos roll by.

"It started about 9 o'clock and it hasn't really stopped," Sean's brother and co-owner, Kevin Kenny, said. "It slowed down for about 15 minutes while they came by on the trucks and then now here it goes again."

The Kenny brothers estimated they saw more than double, possibly even triple, the number of customers they see on an average business day.

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