New York, NY -- Thousands of fans took to downtown Manhattan to celebrate the New York Giants' Super Bowl triumph with a ticker tape parade.
Giants fans of all shapes, sizes, and ages cheered on their favorite players as they passed through the Canyon of Heroes to mark their 21-17 Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots.
You got to be in here to celebrate, Judy Daleo, who was joined by three of her friends at the parade. I've been a Giants fans since I was four years old and you have to be here when they come down this road to show them what they do for their fans is unbelievable.
Daleo and her crew took to paying homage to Victor Cruz's salsa dance, while waiting for the Giants players to pass by in floats by her spot on Broadway. Daleo has been to multiple ticker-tape parades in the past, but calls this latest win against the Patriots the greatest Super Bowl victory for Big Blue.
Just a few feet over was Tommy Aloi and his crew of boisterous fans. Aloi admitted that he was actually a New York Jets fan, but agreed to come to the parade and paint his face blue and red for his friend's 16th birthday.
Aloi, who likened himself to Captain America, said it was his job to try to get the crowd pumped up and ready to support all of the Giants players when they passed by at various points during the day. He had been to a few ticker-tape parades, but said this was his first football-related parade.
He certainly wasn't alone in that department, but for different reasons.
Stewart, 7, traveled from Ridgefield, Ct. with his family and two brothers to see the Giants celebrate in Lower Manhattan. He missed school to travel with his family in order to see his favorite player Hakeem Nicks up close, who he likes because he's fast.
Stewart was one of thousands to take a day off from school to take in all of the confetti and madness at the parade. Matthew Wild, 8, came with his mother Barbara from Long Island to see Victor Cruz and the rest of the Giants.
Some might complain that Wild took her second grader out of school, but she said that she had to because we don't know when this might happen again.
Many fans went out of their way to travel to New York for the parade, but some seemingly lucked into seeing it. Jurgen Verstuyft, a Belgian cyclist, is visiting New York this week and found out Tuesday morning that there would be a big parade.
He said he didn't know anything more than that the Giants won a Super Bowl, but wanted to check it out.
Im very excited to see this crowd here it's amazing, Verstuyft said of the massive amount of people lining the streets. Maybe if Belgium's football team won the World Cup maybe we'd have about five percent of this.
The Giants last celebrated with a ticker-tape parade in 2008 when they similarly defeated the Patriots in the Super Bowl.The parade creates an estimated $38 million economic boost in downtown Manhattan.