The New York Giants came back from Indianapolis on Monday and received a special welcome at Newark Liberty International Airport, and today, fans will get the chance to share in the festivities.
New York City will host the victory parade today along Broadway in lower Manhattan in honor of the Super Bowl XLVI champions, New York Mayor Bloomberg announced shortly after the win.
Many people from Connecticut traveled to New York early on Tuesday morning to share the experience with their team.
Richard Killer, of Cheshire, took the 4:30 a.m. train to Grand Central.
“I was there four years ago and gotta get a better spot this time,” Killer said.
Melissa Matos, of New Haven, has been a fan before she could even spell Giants and is at the parade.
“I was willing to camp overnight, go to the extremes, but they didn't want to wake up that early,” she said.
Jill Clark, of Bristol, took the day off work.
“Already told my boss, ‘Got things to do. Gotta get to that parade,’” she said.
Anthony Mangini, of Worcester, Massachusetts, made the journey to New Haven to take the train to New York.
“I just want to see Eli Manning holding that trophy. Victor Cruz, all the guys, he said.
The parade began at Battery Place and Washington Street at 11 a.m. and continues northbound up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street. The parade will be followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza, during which the mayor will present the Giants with keys to the city.
You can watch the parade live online.
Metro-North is making it easy for fans to get there by adding trains.
Off-peak prices will apply on the extra trains.
Customers should purchase round-trip tickets in advance at ticket vending machines or ticket offices and chose the single round trip MetroCard option for travel to Lower Manhattan by New York City Subway. From grand Central take the Lexington Avenue No. 4, 5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall. (The Wall Street and Fulton Street stations will be closed during the parade.)
Customers are asked to refrain from bringing alcohol on trains.
Inbound, to the parade:
New Haven Line: 8:47 AM express from New Haven, stopping at Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Stamford, Harlem-125th St, and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 10:20 a.m.
Hudson Line: 8:40 a.m. express from Poughkeepsie, stopping at New Hamburg, Beacon, Peekskill, Harlem-125th St., and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 10:10 a.m.
Harlem Line: 8:30 a.m. express from Southeast, stopping at Brewster, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Pleasantville, North White Plains, Harlem-125th St., and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 9:49 a.m.
Outbound, after the parade:
New Haven Line: 3:23 p.m. express from Grand Central Terminal, stopping at Westport, Fairfield, Fairfield Metro, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, & New Haven.
Hudson Line: 2:40 p.m. express from Grand Central Terminal, stopping at Beacon, New Hamburg, and Poughkeepsie and 3:25 p.m. express from Grand Central Terminal, stopping at Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie.
Harlem Line: 3:37 p.m. express from Grand Central Terminal, stopping at White Plains, Goldens Bridge, Purdy's, Croton Falls, Brewster and Southeast.