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Packers fans party in Green Bay

Packer fan celebrates.
Packer fan celebrates.

GREEN BAY, Wis (WSAU) Up to 7,000 people partied on Washington Street in downtown Green Bay, after the Packers won the Super Bowl 31-to-25 over Pittsburgh. And another 2,000 people went to the Lambeau Field parking lots to celebrate.

Throughout downtown Green Bay, drivers honked their horns as they cruised the streets in the N-F-L’s smallest city. Motorists hung out their windows and high-fived pedestrians. Women climbed onto men’s shoulders. And strangers hugged each other as they released their emotions from a tense-and-tight football game that wasn’t settled until the Steelers gave up the ball on downs in the final minute.

Green Bay Police said only a handful of people were arrested – mostly for disorderly conduct and having open alcohol on the streets.

In downtown Milwaukee, revelers spilled onto Water Street. City salt trucks drove up-and-down the street with flashing lights and honking horns. Later, police simply closed part of the street to traffic. Homes and sports bars throughout Wisconsin were filled with tense-and-then-jubilant Packer fans.

The same was true in Iraq, where most of the 400 members of the Wisconsin National Guard’s 724th Engineering Battalion watched the game in a movie theater on their base. Hundreds of other Wisconsin soldiers also watched the game on their bases in Iraq.