I Love A Parade!

Very glad to see NYC throw a parade for our Womens’ World Cup champs. It’s been way too long since the city threw a parade for a non-local sports team. In fact, the last parade for someone other than the Yankees or Giants was in 1998 when John Glenn and the Space Shuttle astronauts were honored.

We used to have a lot of parades in this city. The first parade up the Canyon of Heroes was in 1886 to honor the Statue of Liberty. Today’s parade was the 205th. But since the 1960’s, the parades have dwindled.

Here are a few pieces of parade trivia I enjoyed:

First sports parade in NYC? The 1924 US Olympic team.

The Yankees have had 9 parades, but the first wasn’t until April of 1961- (honoring the 1960 AL pennant team of all things)  The New York Baseball Giants had a parade in 1954 honoring their NL pennant BEFORE the start of the World Series. (And no parade for the World Series)

Sammy Sosa had a parade in 1998 for his home runs and relief efforts in the Dominican Republic.

The New York Football Giants didn’t get a parade until 2008.

The Knicks have never gotten one. (I wouldn’t bet against that streak ending anytime soon!)

Anyway, I hope we have more sports parades and non-sports parades in the very near future.

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  • Greg  On July 11, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Did the Rangers get a parade after winning the Stanley Cup in 1994? How about the Mets in 1969 and in 1986 after winning the World Series, and the Knicks in 1970 and 1973?

  • Greg  On July 11, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    If Wikipedia is to be believed, the Mets (1969, 1986) and the Rangers (1994) were honored with parades, whereas the Knicks have never been so honored.


    • nysportsfanatic  On July 11, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      This is a good list from the downtown alliance which confirms Wikipedia. http://www.downtownny.com/sites/default/files/COH%20Chronology.pdf

      I knew the Rangers had a parade because I went to it. I also remember that the Giants didn’t get parades in 1987 and 1991 because Ed Koch and David Dinkins felt they were a Jersey team.

      I am really curious about the Knicks though. I don’t know why they wouldn’t have had a parade. I am going to do some digging on that.

    • nysportsfanatic  On July 11, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      So I found an old New York Times article from 1973. Apparently the Knicks got a ceremony at City Hall with about 2,000 fans in attendance. Not sure why they didn’t get a parade.

      • Greg  On July 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

        Because the city was rapidly approaching bankruptcy? (Which they finally “achieved” in 1975).

      • nysportsfanatic  On July 13, 2015 at 3:48 pm

        I bet you are right, but I wonder why they didn’t in 1970? The Mets got one about six months earlier. The 1970 Knicks got a party at Gracie Mansion with a dixieland band.

        I’m going to start a story that the lack of parades cursed the Knicks to never win a championship after 1973.

  • Greg  On July 13, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I am compelled to concur with your assessment. The failure to duly honor the Knicks in ways that were commensurate with the magnitude of their accomplishments, emphatically celebrating said accomplishments in a manner consistent with the honorifics accorded other teams’ accomplishments of a similar magnitude, had a profoundly detrimental — albeit non-quantifiable — impact on the collective psyche of the organization. In German: Die psyche ist kaput.

    Or, to put it more simply, we hurt their feelings. Hence no more championships.

    (Or, possibly, it’s simply been a case of sustained organizational incompetence. Just a thought.)

    • nysportsfanatic  On July 14, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Yes, you are certainly right about the incompetence. I was arguing this the other day with another Knicks fan, and to me the biggest mistake they made over the past 40 years was not giving Pat Riley control over player moves and seeing him fax his good-bye. He said it was trading for Melo. That was bad, but I say Riley was worse.

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