The New York Giants came back to their hometown to celebrate their Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots at a parade that drew over a million people. And I happened to be one of them! I was able to squeeze in through the crowds (I'm lucky it was just me or I never would have made it through) to take pictures of those who made it out to the parade on a lovely, clear 48-degree day. You really couldn't ask for better weather!
The confetti rained down on us (I was on the corner of Broadway and Wall Street, as the parade made its way up from the Canyon of Heroes to City Hall) in between chants of "Boston sucks!" to "U.S.A.!" to "Go Giants!", even "Wall Street sucks!" The energy and excitement of everyone around me were contagious. Fans and families and friends and even their pets showed up from around the New York City area to watch the parade and catch a glimpse of their heroes.
This family of four was all decked out in Giants gear. They came in to watch the parade from Staten Island. The two kids, Jordan, 8, and Emma, 6, had absolutely no problem with skipping school in order to take in the parade!
Jordan, 5, absolutely couldn't wait to see his favorite players parade down Broadway. He was accompanied by many of his friends and family and I'm sure he'll never forget this day. And of course, he too had no complaints about skipping school for the day!
Here's little Nellie, 2, who, in my opinion, has the best seat in the house. She rocked a Giants hat and even had her best stuffed monkey in tow -- talk about a lucky little girl! Her dad couldn't be more stoked about his team's big win but was nice enough to flash a quick smile for the camera before vying for a coveted spot.
Not only did people bring their kids, they brought their pets too! How adorable is this dog. Chloe was shivering a little with all of the noise, but her outfit and her owner, Dawn, helped keep her warm and cozy throughtout the parade.
Seriously, how cute is this outfit. Chloe represented Giants fans of the canine variety extremely well. Hope she gets a big treat when she gets home.
This little family was in the ultimate seats: a balcony just a couple stories above all of the action. They had Giants flags waving and must have prepared a couple days in advance to shred up a bunch of paper and let it rain down on the crowds below.
Everyone was waiting with bated breath to see the players and coaches come on by. You can also see where that family was in the above shot with their prime seats in the upper lefthand corner. I just love how many people skipped work and school for this! So totally worth it.
It's raining confetti! Such a beautiful day for a parade. I for one was so glad this was paper and not rain or snow.
This was the most of the parade I got to see. Couldn't even tell if there were players on the double-decker bus (from the roar of the crowd, there were), but that's what happens when you're 5'3". But it was still fun to even catch the smallest glimpse of the caravan that was coming through. It also made me wonder for a quick second what the world would be like without cameraphones!
Oy, can you imagine having to clean up this confetti after everyone leaves? It looked like a blizzard of new fallen snow, which we haven't seen any of so far this winter in NYC. Needless to say I got some confetti in places where someone should never get confetti.
And here are the people lined up who couldn't make it past the gate to get to Broadway where the parade was passing through as I was on my way home. Right on Wall Street, people were still hanging out to support their team, even if there was no chance they'd be able to get an up close and personal look. Talk about dedication!
Have you ever been to a parade when your team's won the big game?
Images via Anja Winikka & Jill Baughman