PITTSBURGH - Thousands of Steelers fans, decked out in black and gold and waving Terrible Towels, clogged South Side streets last night, celebrating the city's unprecedented sixth Super Bowl title.
Revelers streamed out of area bars moments after the Steelers sealed their 27-23 victory over Arizona in Tampa, Fla. Some broke out in song, bellowing Queen's "We are the Champions."
Brittany Barcoay, 21, drove 7 hours from Liberty University in Virginia just to be in her hometown for the Super Bowl and celebrated outside the Town Tavern, which sported a "Steeler Tavern" banner.
"I have never had so much pride in my city, ever," said Barcoay, decked out in a Jerome Bettis jersey.
Bars were packed in the area popular with college students and the 20-something crowd, with music blaring.
Police in riot gear patrolled the area on bikes and in cars, trying to keep order.
In one neighborhood south of Pittsburgh, people lit fireworks and ran outside and cheered after the game.
Earlier yesterday, fans filled the city streets and bars in anticipation of championship game.
People sporting team paraphernalia strolled down Carson Street on the city's South Side while others shouted "Here we go Steelers, Here we go!" as car horns tooted. Others played Steelers fan songs from cars and buildings.
When the Steelers last won the Super Bowl in 2006, thousands of drunken fans celebrated in the streets and several small fires were set.
Pittsburgh police hoped to deter potential mayhem by putting more than 400 officers on patrol, limiting parking and closing some streets to traffic at the start of the fourth quarter in areas with numerous bars and restaurants.
In the Strip District, another popular area with bars and restaurants, several streets were barricaded before the game began. *