Last Weekend, the New York Yankees won the World Series Championship in a thrilling, come from behind victory. And on Tuesday, New York celebrated with one of the biggest, best, and most thrilling parades in City history.
An estimated 3.5 million New Yorkers lined the "Canyon of Heroes" on lower Broadway, in an outpouring of love, adulation and ticker tape that united our city in a moment of pure, unabashed revelry.
This Yankee team with their combination of talent, modesty, drive, grit and determination has an appeal that crosses all political, cultural and ethnic boundaries, and even more amazingly, crosses the traditional, boundaries of sports rivalry.
Even Mets fans, and even fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Baseball Giants became enthusiastic supporters of these inspirational pinstripers. And they all came out Tuesday to cheer on their Yankee heroes.
At the end of the parade Governor Pataki and Senators Moynihan and D'Amato and Speaker Vallone joined the Yankee players, management and myself at a victory rally in City Hall plaza.
At the rally I presented each Yankee player with a Key to the City. And in a move of tremendous class, Yankee owner George Steinbrenner showed his appreciation for the unparalleled fan support, by presenting the World Series Trophy to the City and the citizens of New York.
We now constructing a special display for the trophy at City Hall, and I encourage all New Yorkers to come by, see the trophy and share in the magic of this great Yankee victory.
And I would like to take a moment this morning to thank Commissioner John Doherty and all of the hard-working men and women of New York City's Department of Sanitation. With 625 workers and 100 pieces of equipment, the clean-up effort after last Tuesday's parade was outstanding.
An estimated 50 tons of paper fell onto Broadway during the celebration. And yet three hours after the end of the parade, Broadway was already clear of debris and reopened to traffic.
I would also like to take a moment to commend the efforts of Police Commissioner Safir and the men and women of the New York Police Department. Their professionalism, competence and coordination helped to make the Yankee celebration not only one of the biggest parades in city history, but also one of the most orderly and safest major events in city history as well.
The resilience and determination of the 1996 Yankees is a metaphor for the entire city of New York, where we have battled back in the face of the doubters and the doomsayers to once again make New York a city of growth, opportunity and hope.
As I said at the rally, "We are the capital of the world, and the champions of the world, and it just doesn't get any better than that.
From Gracie Mansion, this is Mayor Rudy Giuliani.