Look | Thousands Gather to Fete Super Bowl Champion Giants

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Fans cheered at the first sight of Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Thousands of fans roared as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hoisted the team's Super Bowl trophy from a glittering blue-and-white float Tuesday during a victory parade along the Canyon of Heroes, where the city has honored stars for almost a century.

The parade set off from the southern tip of Manhattan and moved slowly north to City Hall as fans dressed head-to-toe in Giants gear cheered and confetti wafted slowly down from the high-rises that line the street.

Manning, joined by coach Tom Coughlin, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other teammates, waved and grinned from the float as a deep roar rose from the crowds. The team will be honored with symbolic keys to the city at a City Hall Plaza ceremony.

Edward Edmonds, 26, decked in a Giants hat and jacket took off from work and arrived in New York City from Harrisburg, Pa., with his 3-year-old son and wife at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. He said he always believed in his team, and even as the minutes in the Superbowl ticked down, he remained faithful.

“We’re a fourth quarter team, we do the best in fourth quarters," Edmonds said. "We make miracles happen in fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter team, always will be, fourth quarter baby."

Jim Granato came in from the Jersey Shore with his brother, but soon amassed a large party of revelers.

"We're all family, we're all Big Blue family," he said, "You know what I mean? We're all Big Blue family."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared New York City to be the "Big Blue Apple" in honor of the New York Giants' Super Bowl win. The mayor kicked off a ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday after the ticker-tape parade honoring the team rolled up Broadway.

Bloomberg asked: "Are you feeling `deja blue' all over again?" referring to the team's 2008 win. The crowd decked in blue-and-white Giants gear cheered.

The Giants are being given symbolic keys to the city. The team was introduced with thundering applause from the lucky 250 fans who got tickets to the event on the plaza and the thousands standing outside on the streets listening in.

Once the last pile of shredded confetti was dumped from the windows on Broadway and the toilet paper rolls ceased to fly, sanitation and Downtown Alliance workers went into overdrive cleaning up Broadway. Some weiled leaf blowers, other brooms.

Steve Cifarelli prefers a rake. But he’s not cleaning up ticker tape. “Those days are gone, now it’s all about toilet paper,” he said.

He’s cleaned up the Yankee parades and the previous Giants parade.

With the Associated Press

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Stephen Walbot, 27 from the Bronx and his $100 haircut. He says it took 2 hours to complete.
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The Canyon of Heroes
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Fans line the street ahead of the Giants parade.
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A fan waves a "Marry Me Victor Cruz" sign
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Giants fans from Staten Island
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Giants fans cheer on Big Blue
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Football fans cheer ahead of the start of the parade.
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Fans proudly display posters ahead of the parade
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Giants fans celebrate along Broadway.
Fans along Broadway cheered on the G-Men.
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A young fan shows his Big Blue pride.
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Giants fans lined Broadway waiting to catch a glimpse of their home team.
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A street cleaner attempts to sweep up some of the ticker tape at the Giants parade.
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Fans angled for the best view of Big Blue.
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Confetti fluttered down on Broadway during the Giants parade.
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A few lucky fans watched the parade from on high.
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Ticker tape rained down on Broadway during the Giants parade.
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Fans celebrate the No. 1 Giants during the parade up Broadway.
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Giants Defensive End Justin Tuck and coach Tom Coughlin power up Broadway with the Vince Lombardi trophy.
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Fans cheered at the first sight of Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
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Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning hoists the Vince Lombardi trophy up high alongside Defensive End Justin Tuck and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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Elated Big Blue fans cheer on the No. 1 Giants.
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A New York sightseeing bus touts the Giants victory.
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Workers attempt to clean up toilet paper thrown during the parade.
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City Comptroller John Liu joins in the Giants parade festivities.


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Why do athletes make more than Military active duty??

Feb. 08 2012 02:38 PM

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