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Thousands Of Students Skipped School To Celebrate The Broncos Super Bowl Win

Denver students suddenly came down with "Bronco-itis" and "orange virus."

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Sports fans often celebrate any major victory by their beloved team as an unofficial holiday. But some parents took it a step further on Tuesday, when they took their kids to Denver's Broncos Parade instead of school.

Took my daughters outta school and brought them to the #Broncos parade in downtown Denver. #SB50

The parade was organized by the city to celebrate the Broncos' 24-10 Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

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Denver Public Schools told BuzzFeed News that 24,152 students were absent from one or more class periods on Tuesday. That means about 26% of enrolled students were absent.

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Denver Public Schools reported Tuesday's absences were about 10,300 more than were recorded last Wednesday and about 9,200 more than were absent Monday, spokesperson Will Jones told BuzzFeed News.

The district has about 91,400 enrolled students, according to its website.

Denver Public Schools operated on a regular schedule on Tuesday and "encouraged our students and staff to show their support by wearing Broncos orange or blue, as permitted by school dress codes," Jones said.

"We did, however, encourage our principals to grant requests from parents for excused absences," said Jones. "If families wanted their children to participate in the celebration downtown, we asked that they contact their child's school and let school leaders know they were seeking an excused absence."

Students who didn't attend school without family notification were given an unexcused absence.

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But not everyone decided to skip school for the big celebration. Some students considered actually showing up to class.

Hmm Broncos parade or school?? Tough decisions.. 🔶🔷🔶

It was a lot to consider. Ditching class could lead to some awkward run-ins.

If I ditch school for the parade I'm afraid I'll see my parents there 😅😂

Other students went to class and caught the parade thanks to technology.

Thanks to snapchat, I went to school today and saw the entire parade.

Although with just under one third of students absent from school, it sounded kind of lonely.

Am I the only one in school that is not going to the parade ? 👀💀

Some parents were happily on board with excusing their kid from school. "So glad I didn't have to beg my parents to let me miss school to experience the parade this time," said one student.

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Some parents even said they felt "irresponsible" for sending their kids to school instead of taking them to the parade.

I feel like an irresponsible parent for sending my kid to school today. SO many young ones downtown for #Broncos #SuperBowl parade! @Broncos

Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Leticia Miranda at leticia.miranda@buzzfeed.com.

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