Fans skip school, work to cheer Giants along NYC parade route
The Giants painted the town Big Blue on Tuesday, and New Yorkers had no problem playing hooky just to catch a glimpse of the Super Bowl champs.
"This is beautiful for New York!" said Charles Reese, 41, of Staten Island, who ditched work so he could celebrate the G-Men's victory at City Hall Plaza. "I loved every minute of it."
Marsha Rosefort, 26, said she skipped class to attend the parade in lower Manhattan, although with hundreds of thousands of people along the route, all she really got a view of were the team's buses.
"Of course I had to come. This one is just as big and just as lively [as the Giants' Super Bowl parade in 2008]," said Rosefort, of Brooklyn.
"The great thing is everyone gets along and has a great time," added her friend, Trisha Lee, 23, of Laurelton.
Lysie Tauber, 39, said she didn't mind pulling her kids, Cecelia and Brennan, out of school for the day to see some of their favorite players, including Eli Manning and Victor Cruz. Her family has been season ticket holders since the 1970s, she added, so cheering on the G-Men is a sort of legacy.
"This was definitely worth it," said Tauber, whose husband works in the Financial District. "We haven't washed our jerseys since the Giants beat the Jets [in December]. That's how much we're devoted."