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Lynx get champion's welcome

Lindsay Whalen clutches the WNBA Championship trophy as the Lynx parade through downtown Minneapolis Tuesday. The parade ended with a high-energy farewell rally at Target Center.

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was a robust parade down Nicollet Mall Tuesday as the Minnesota Lynx celebrated with fans their 2011 WNBA championship victory.

Here's a look at some of the Lynx-mania downtown Minneapolis:

The parade went right to Target Center for a championship rally. Here's a few select quotes from the champs:

Maya Moore: “This is a brand new experience, and I am lovin’ every minute of it. We’re all a part of history. We don’t realize what, as a group, we have started.”

Lyndsay Whalen: Channeling Shaq, “Can you dig it!?” “It feels like magic. It feels great ... it’s something you only dream of.”

“It was effective all season. We pretty much rolled the whole season.”

Seimone Augustus: (About how opponents viewed Lynx fans) "They were kind of afraid of you guys."

 Taj McWilliams-Franklin: “We absolutely love you guys, and the wild rice soup was off the chain.”
“My first time in Minnesota -- extensively -- you made this old lady feel welcome.”
“I’m going to be 41 in a few days, I’m going to be in a wheelchair, playing.”

Before it all started, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason talked to Lindsay Whalen. She's happy the Lynx are serving as role models for young girls.

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