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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yankees' Ticker-Tape Parade Through 'Canyon of Heroes'

NEW YORK -- Joe Torre always believed victory parades were meant for someone else. The Yankees manager, a Brooklyn native, remembered watching on television as others marched up Broadway beneath a shower of ticker-tape, wondering how it would feel to be adored by millions, waving to his fellow New Yorkers as they screamed his name.


It happened for Torre, capping this season of dreams by sharing a float with his coaching staff through the Canyon of Heroes. In a year of sensory overload, Tuesday's celebration was the topper for Torre, who was beaming with pride for both his baseball team and hometown.


"The sea of humanity as you look down the streets, and even more people lined up the blocks. Incredible,'' said Torre.


City officials estimated Tuesday's crowd at 3.5 million, a staggering number of fans who squeezed into every crevice between Battery Park and City Hall. Office workers leaned out of windows while other spectators perched on traffic lights and mailboxes. Confetti rained in a shredded-paper snowstorm, and fans carried signs addressed to every player.


Darryl Strawberry made his second visit to the Canyon of Heroes -- his first coming 10 years ago after the Mets fought back to beat the Boston Red Sox in seven games. He said he appreciated Tuesday's festivities more than the first time around.


"It was another one of those moments that I never thought would happen,'' said Strawberry, who accepted his key to the city while being serenaded by the familiar chants of "Dar-ryl, Dar-ryl.'' "To be part of the parade and part of the city this time was really exciting.''