NYC Honors Super Bowl Champion Giants With Ticker-Tape Parade

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With the Vince Lombardi Trophy held high, Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning passed by thousands of cheering Giants fans eager to get a glimpse of a piece of sports history.

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“It’s crazy, I lost my voice.  I love my Giants, baby!” said Matt Ryan of North Arlington, N.J.

“It’s unbelievable. To win a world championship in New York City, the greatest city in the world, with the world’s greatest fans, is unbelievable,” punter Steve Weatherford told CBS 2’s Don Dahler.

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For some of the players, it was a repeat of the ticker-tape parade of that championship year, 2008. For most, it was an experience they have never come close to feeling and one they will never forget.

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Manning was joined on his float by coach Tom Coughlin, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Giants chief executive John Mara and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, among others.

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Players boarded their floats at Battery Place and Washington Street. They then headed up the Canyon of Heroes on Broadway, east on Worth Street and then south to Lafayette before ending on Duane Street.

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Fans dressed in head-to-toe Giants gear started lining the streets as early as 6 a.m. for Tuesday’s parade in lower Manhattan, which kicked off at 11 a.m.

One group of fans at the corner of Battery Place and Broadway woke up early to snag the perfect spot along the Giants championship parade route.

“We got up at 3 a.m.,” said Jimmy Caruso from Staten Island. “Got dressed and hopped on a ferry.”

“Just them winning is really cool, but to actually get to see this up close, it’s very exciting,” Giants fan Andrew Messite added.

Alexandra Rudnicki, a 92-year-old, die-hard New York sports fan, refused to miss the celebration.  She had her daughter leave her South Jersey home in the middle of the night so she could get picked up and secure some prime spots along the parade route.

“I wanted to see the greatest fellas in the world. They deserve everything they got here today,” Rudnicki told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider.

And is wasn’t just about the fans. The players soaked up every minute of their victory march, many of them filming the parade from their floats as they drove by.

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“Thanks to the millions that came today. An unreal experience. Unbelievable,” tweeted Justin Trattou.

“I’m just happy to be a New Yorker right now baby,” safety Antrel Rolle told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts. “That’s what it’s about.”

“Parade is crazy #WORLDCHAMPS,” tweeted Terrell Thomas from the parade route.

The parade was followed by a ceremony at City Hall, where the Giants received a key to the city.

PHOTOS: Giants’ Ticker-Tape Parade

The Sanitation Department said crews picked up 34.2 tons of paper after the Giants’ 2008 parade. Street sweepers were out in full force as soon as fans left.  The department brought in more than 300 workers, 30 mechanical sweepers, 14 collection trucks and 129 leaf blowers to clear the streets.

The floats in Tuesday’s parade were made by Bond Parade Floats in Clifton, N.J., the same company that built the floats for the team four years ago.

The city estimated that the ticker-tape parade and celebration brought between $20 million and $38 million to city businesses and that the average parade-goer spent $23.

The Giants also celebrated their win with a rally at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey after the parade and City Hall ceremony.  An estimated 35,000 to 40,000 fans came out for that event.

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  1. Hero-what? says:

    I’m not against these yahoos celebrating. But I am against people claiming them as heroes. These people are not heroes, they are paid athletes, who by the way, gets paid more than a single army platoon each. People may say that NYC is the best city, its also the rudest city in the US.

  2. JJ says:

    How desperate was CBS putting Carton on the parade team? With his continuous stupid, anti-Giant remarks, he will never be asked back – I heard this from a reliable source. I’m sure Boomer wasn’t too happy with his “Emmy” remarks.

  3. ... says:

    with all the negative postings about the Giants parade and what about the vets and who’s paying for it, looks like the TEA BAGGERS are out front and center today

    1. Giant Veterans rock says:

      There were alot of Giant Vetarans there once a Giant always a Giant.And thanks to the sponsors for a free parade and the city took in 20 to 25 million to boot cool economy booster for some stores in the Big Apple.

      1. Thank You All says:

        Let’s also thanks those who have been complaining, pretty much it’s been the same people, they’re just using different names in their post, but let’s thank them for the parade as well, because if tax dollars were used, then they paid for the parade as well.

  4. David Patton says:

    Wow !!!! Ticker tape parade for athletes. Shouldn’t such parades be reserved for those returning from war and military duty? Just asking here, folks. After nearly ten years in Iraq and the war declared over, I don’t remember the main stream news media showing any coverage of a ticker tape parade for these returning heros.

    1. M.A.D says:

      There’s a Veteran’s Day Parade and a Memorial Day Parade every year….

  5. Paul Reiher says:

    Isn’t it amazing, the Giants win the Superbowl and Bloomberg jumps all over them like a dog on a bone. BUT, the US servicemen come home from Iraq and get……….Nothing!!! I guess it was not as good a photo op as the Giants. What a bunch of bulls*** this is.

    1. Mike D says:

      Didn’t Secretary of Defense Panetta ask the city not to stage a parade for the Iraq vets because he didn’t feel it was appropraite?

      From FoxNews:com

      NEW YORK – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there will be no city parade for Iraq War veterans in the foreseeable future because of objections voiced by military officials.
      The mayor said on his Friday appearance on WOR Radio officials in Washington “think a parade would be premature while we still have so many troops in harm’s way around the world.”
      Bloomberg says Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey and other Army officials “made it clear” to the city “they do not think a parade is appropriate now.”

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/27/new-york-city-mayor-bloomberg-says-no-parade-for-iraq-vets/#ixzz1lnUiTilI

    2. Mike D says:

      Didn’t the defense department ask the city not to stage a parade for the Iraq vets because he didn’t feel it was appropriate with so many troops still in harm’s way?

      From FoxNews:com

      NEW YORK – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there will be no city parade for Iraq War veterans in the foreseeable future because of objections voiced by military officials.
      The mayor said on his Friday appearance on WOR Radio officials in Washington “think a parade would be premature while we still have so many troops in harm’s way around the world.”
      Bloomberg says Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey and other Army officials “made it clear” to the city “they do not think a parade is appropriate now.”

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/27/new-york-city-mayor-bloomberg-says-no-parade-for-iraq-vets/#ixzz1lnUiTilI

      P.S. Had the Patriots won, would you be slamming Boston officials for not having a duck boat parade for vets?

    3. We have veterans parade says:

      BOO Hoo we have Parades for Vets and why would they want a parade when America turned there backs on troops protesting war instead of praising troops.

  6. Liberals are Evil says:

    I guess Gisele could not make it, huh?

  7. Liberals are Evil says:

    I guess Gisele couldn not make it, huh?

  8. Very conservative says:

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    1. Meme Meyagi says:

      What about the mooslimes, dude?

  9. ladylick says:

    There’s always on moronic racist in every crowd.

  10. Linda Ozzimo Kraut says:

    NYC is the treasurer city in the world! A parade down the cannon of heroes has so much meaning! Bloomberg needed to push for a parade for our war heroes so that those still fighting know that our country appreciate their heroism and are waiting with open arms and a parade to honor them . Other cities had one but NYC must host one. Corporations would fund one just as they did today. NYC was attacked, survived, and our soldiers fought for us so we can continue this great tradition. Wake up politicians! I love the Giants, and believe they should have a parade, but so do our War heroes.

    1. bob d says:

      Do your homework, there was a parade for desert storm in the 90′s and there will be another one when they come home again. But, honoring football players is no slap in the face to anybody

      1. Paul Reiher says:

        BULL!!!!

      2. Paul Reiher says:

        Hey Bob d, you need to do your homework. Bloomberg already said NO PARADE. I guess maybe you were on vacation that week????

  11. ALL IN in NJ! says:

    Please keep that Greg Carton character off of the parade coverage. Like MIA he’s only on the air to get publicity for himself.

    Let’s allow the fans to celebrate without Carton downplaying their great achievement.

    1. Arti says:

      My God, what an arrogant idiot for the entire parade. Amani Toomer was doing everything possible not pummel him. In the end, Toomer chose to do the right thing – ignore him. Why would CBS put this no-nothing idiot on the air? Plus, he’s not even a Giants fan, as ineptly kept reminding everyone. A total fool.

  12. Conservative T & T says:

    Good job NY! While other cities are planning parades for war heroes you will be telling those war heroes they mean less than some guys who put on pads and beat each other senseless for the fun of it. Good job, NY! The politicians in NYC had to be wishing this day would never come, because there will be tens of thousands calling the politicians on their double standard. How is there money for a football parade and not a parade for the soldiers?

  13. Parade was no cost says:

    Wel Giants parade was paid for by toyota and Duane reade and other sponsors at zero cost to city.Why should NYC pay for full cost of parade of soldiers when 1 Pentagon said it was not a good idea while we still have troops there.2 the cost to NYC why should they pay for full cost when troops protect all states.3 we have a Vetarans Parade.

    1. Conservative T & T says:

      Where does it says this? I have read about 12 articles today about this parade and none of them said that. Can you provide some kind of citation for us and not just spout things off as if we were in a beauty parlor. Ok, so the Pentagon said it was a bad idea and that should be the reason why they don’t do it? Other cities are having parades and paying for it, cities with an economy much less than NYC by the way.

      1. Go Giants says:

        It named sponsors on everysite just google it.Even Bloomberg mentioned them at end of Parade..So stop being a Debbie Downer and enjoy This lovely day.

        1. Parades are fun when free says:

          Sports parades in NYC have been paid by sponsors for years .Even last Giant parade cost zero for NYC.To try to bring parade for war heros into this is crazy as long as we have troops still fighting we have nothing to celebrate why put them at risk.There are parades in nyc for vets and even memorial day they march.What makes you think they want a parade after all the Dems started bashing the war and our troops.

          1. Native New Yorker says:

            There is no report anywhere of HOW MUCH each sponsor paid toward the total cost, so it couldn’t possibly have been more than a few dollars to slap their names on a few floats. Meanwhile, we CITY RESIDENTS are still stuck paying for all the police and sanitation overtime.

            1. Thanks Toyota and other Sponsors says:

              Native New Yorker call City Hall AND YOU WILL SEE..The cost of parade was covered just like previous sports parades why you so stubborn.I feel bad for your wife.

            2. Some people really are stupid says:

              Native New Yorker, you must be one of those idiots who believes Bin Laden, & Elvis are still alive because there’s no report that they’re really dead. Area 51 is real because there’s no report that its not

  14. brian says:

    what a slap in the face ,win a football game get a parade.but win a war in Afghanistan
    no parade.where are the priorities.protect this country,suffer the inequalities of combat,you are not good enough.yet football deserves a big to do
    wheres the respect,honor for those individuals…………….oh i know memorial day,veterans day.sad the way this country is going.gone.

    1. Cuba Gooding Sr. says:

      We’ll talk when the army wins the superbowl.

    2. .. says:

      Brian, if that is your real name. The parade is going on & it’s happening right now. Get over it pendejo!!

      I’m sure you’re one of those who scream “I love America” and like those other idiots who have posted here never served in the military. Stop your crying.

      You rap the American flag around you, call yourself an American and yet asked others to fight the war for you. Like Bush, Cheney, Rove & Rumsfeld, all Draft & War Dodgers yet they called themselves proud Americans and they themselves started this war, but had on one in their families served in the war .

      1. Disgusted says:

        … What’s your point? Brian is simply pointing out that this countries priorities are backwards. We worship someone because they can throw a ball, but homeless Vietnam vets are screamed at to get a job..

        1. WE have a Vetarans parade says:

          Well did we not have Vetarans day parade in NYC or was I at a differant parade

          1. Disgusted says:

            My point is that we shouldn’t have parades for anyone other than veterans.

            1. Grow up cry baby says:

              Since 1886 Parades down the Canyon were also for the Statue of Liberty dedication, Edward Albert, Prince of Wales. Astronauts, Charles Lindbergh, Albert Einstein, Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Hughes, Nelson Mandela, American hostages released from Iran, U.S. Olympic athletes ( many times),

              Rear Admiral Richard Byrd following expedition to Antarctica.
              Amelia Earhart Putnam, Howard Hughes, General Dwight Eisenhower, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Empress Farah of Iran. John Glenn and astronauts of Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-95.

              And make a note, not all those honored were Americans.

    3. King Zohan says:

      Look, I have nothing against the giants, i watched the superbowl, I was rooting for them but I think the troops sacrifice a lot more than the giants and are the real heros.

      If a sports team gets a parade, there should be no excuse for war veterans

      1. Joe Meatball says:

        Zohar, one has nothing to do with the other. Perchance you’ve heard about the Veterans Day & Memorial Day parades? Those are parades for our men & women that have served in the armed forces: they occur annually, check your calendar and prepare to attend.

    4. bob d says:

      Do your homework, there was a parade for desert storm in the 90’s and there will be another one when they come home again. But, honoring football players is no slap in the face to anybody

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