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Packers fans party in Green Bay


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.