Baltimore Paints The Town Purple

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The road to the Super Bowl starts Sunday in Kansas City.  The Ravens are hitting the road to take on the Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs and Baltimore is coming down with a case of playoff fever.

Weijia Jiang shows how the Ravens are painting the town purple.

Stenciling the Baltimore Ravens logo is only the start to creating a masterpiece.  After several more steps and a lot of paint, the grounds crew reveal what happens when they paint the town purple. 

In front of City Hall and on the side of Federal Hill are reminders the Ravens are set to fly through the playoffs for the third year in a row.

“It’s showing off our pride.  We love our Ravens; we really love our Ravens,” said fan Linda Mahady.

The mayor added a few touches, too.

“The players, they have the ethos of our city. They are simple. There’s not a lot of flash. They’re committed to what they are doing. They’re hard-working. They are tough, just like we are in Baltimore, so it’s good we are in the post-season,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Not only are crews painting the town purple, they’re lighting it purple, too.  Workers are adding gels to the Baltimore lamp posts for an extra boost.

“It’s tremendous community spirit in this town.  We all love football.  Everybody knows the Ravens are the best,” said fan Neil Mulligan.

With so much purple pride, fans have no doubt the third time’s the charm…especially for Charm City.

“I think they’re gonna win,” said fan Marsha Jackson.

You can see the Ravens begin their march to the Super Bowl here on WJZ. The Ravens take on the Chiefs Sunday at 1 p.m. on WJZ-TV.


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