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