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Md. legislature to start early Tuesday to accommodate Ravens celebration

Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens holds aloft the Vince Lombardi Trophy following their 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl (Photo by A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Maryland lawmakers are among those planning to re-arrange their work schedules Tuesday to pay tribute to the Baltimore Ravens.

Legislative aides said that both the House and Senate will convene earlier than the usual 10 a.m. (or so) with hopes of wrapping up legislative business in time for members to get from Annapolis to Baltimore to see the Super Bowl champions.

A victory parade is scheduled to leave Baltimore’s City Hall at 10:45 a.m. and wind through downtown en route to M&T Bank Stadium for a rally advertised to start at around 12:30 p.m.

“People are extremely excited,” said Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore), chairman of his city’s House delegation. “If we can get done by 9:30, I would suspect about 40 legislators would go. That’s a conservative estimate.”

Dozens of lawmakers have been decked out in purple on recent Fridays to show their support for the team as it advanced through the post-season playoffs.

Both Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) are expected to take part in the parade, Anderson said.

Baltimore beat San Francisco 34-31 Sunday night in New Orleans.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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