Big Blue fever was on full display Tuesday morning as hundreds of thousands of fans came from as nearby as Brooklyn and as far away as New Hampshire for the Giants ticker-tape parade up Broadway.
“I’m a big Giants fan. We got to see our heroes, our fans and our city celebrating our Super Bowl victory,” said longtime Park Slope resident Jimmy Torres.
Confetti flew from the big, blue sky as Giants fans flooded the streets, transforming Downtown Manhattan a sea of blue visually and in mind, spirit and fanfare.
The parade, where the Giants rode on a float and quarterback Eli Manning held up the Super Bowl championship trophy, started at 11 a.m. on Broadway at Battery Park and ended at Worth Street was only part of the celebration.
The real revelry was on the side streets, east and west of Broadway, where die-hard fans, decked out in Giants apparel, waving flags, wearing foam hands and face painting, continuously shouted “Blue,” in a long, slow cadence.
They also shouted, “Let’s go Giants, let’s go!” “G-Men, baby!” and even “Patriots suck!”
Police blocked off Broadway, and there was even a huge, black, bulletproof armored tactical force police vehicle parked just off the Canyon of Heroes, ready for anything. But fans were cordial and but their excited surged the streets with Giants mania.
Families with babies, 20-somethings cutting college classes and professionals all took a day off from their responsibilities to celebrate their team, their city and took ownership of the Giants Super Bowl victory on Sunday night as their own.
“Yo man, my boys did their thing during the big game, and I’m hanging out with my Giants Nation celebrating my victory,” said Mike Tomlinson from Crown Heights while standing in the middle of the street just west of Broadway as his “Giants Nation,” ran around him shouting, “Go Blue!”
Tomlinson also said he predicts Super Bowl XLVIII, which he said will be held at Giants stadium, will be the Giants versus the Jets.
Other fans were just grateful that they were able to experience such a parade.
“It’s a once-in-a-life-time opportunity,” said Ed Frick, who was hanging out with a couple of girls from Bay Ridge. “No other town in America, no other city is doing this right now,”
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