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Brian Thompson reports from East Rutherford, New Jersey where excited fans waited to watch Big Blue's return and hoped for a run-in with one of the Super Bowl champs.
The Giants have landed back at home, where celebrations, welcome parties and a parade up Manhattan's Canyon of Heroes will be held for the Super Bowl champs after their thrilling win over the New England Patriots.
The team's plane landed at Newark Liberty International Airport just before 2 p.m. Monday.
A water cannon saluted the team as their plane taxied to a hangar, where the players and coaches descended the stairs in front of a group of cheering fans. Many players were holding up cameras and cell phones, capturing the moment for themselves.
The players then headed to the team's headquarters in East Rutherford, where several hundred fans also greeted their heroes.
"It was awesome, they were great," said lifelong Giants fan Mike Fogarty, of Berkeley Heights, N.J. "To see the players come in, it was great, and to do it together with my son, it was awesome."
On Tuesday, New York City will host a parade along Broadway in lower Manhattan in honor of the Super Bowl XLVI champions, Mayor Bloomberg announced shortly after the win. “Big Blue gave us a game to remember, and on Tuesday we're going to give them a parade to remember,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
The city held a sweepstakes to give away 500 tickets to the City Hall Plaza ceremony on Monday, and is warning that there have been reports in the past of fraudulent offers for tickets to the parade, floats and ceremony.
Officials said Monday that there are no tickets or passes to any part of the parade, and that ceremony tickets won through the sweepstakes are not for resale. Fans are asked to report any such offers to 311.
The parade will start at Battery Place and Washington Street at 11 a.m. and continue up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street.
Following the parade in Manhattan, a 3 p.m. rally is scheduled at Met Life stadium, where Gov. Chris Christie is expected to attend.
On Sunday night after the Giants' thrilling 21-17 victory, fans danced in the streets, the bars and in their homes as Big Blue brought home another championship.
At Stout, a packed sports bar in midtown Manhattan, fans erupted into cheers and dancing as Queen's "We Are the Champions" blared over speakers.
Frank Gerald, 39, of Manhattan called the win "destiny," and said the Giants had "incredible spirit all year long."
Shoppers flocked to sports stores like Modell's immediately after the win to buy Giants championship merchandise.
One item that was flying off display tables and hangars was a locker room T-shirt -- the kind the Giants donned after their victory -- for $21.99. Also hot were a team signature T-shirt and a blue roster shirt, both priced at $23.99.
Many shoppers also were picking up a T-shirt that celebrated Victor Cruz's signature salsa dance.
Sunday night's win was the Giants' fourth Super Bowl title.