New York is chock-full of Giants fans today, reveling and doing what sports fans do best when their teams win: Having a parade! But everyone's not a Giants fan, and not everyone loves a parade. In fact, there are quite a few people not altogether thrilled with all the celebrating going on in Lower Manhattan today.
The most concerted gripe is one put forth by founder of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff, who agrees that the Giants deserve a parade, but... shouldn't Iraq veterans get one, too? This has been an issue of some contention for a while, but the Giants parade has brought it back to the forefront. Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, among others, thinks there should be a parade for Iraq vets, and Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, makes the valid point that “if we had to wait to honor our servicemen and women until wars were over, that would take a long time." On the other side of the argument, the Defense Department says it's just too soon for a parade for Iraq vets in New York City. (There was one in St. Louis in January.) And though a spokesman from the Veterans of Foreign Wars has said the organization would support New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg if he were to hold a parade for veterans, he is, at least for the time being, on the side of the Defense Department in "deciding it was not appropriate to hold a parade while American soldiers are still fighting in Afghanistan," writes Kate Taylor in The New York Times.
Elsewhere on the Internet, namely, on Twitter, people are proclaiming their own personal issues about the parade, ranging from unhappiness (still) that the Giants won to unhappiness over missing the parade (and a chance to meet their future husbands) to concerns over crossing the street and general annoyance at revelers:
And, at the end of the day, we guess some people are just a bunch of parade-haters. But then there are those folks who apparently didn't get the parade memo at all: