In case you didn’t hear, The New York Yankees just won their 27th World Series (yes, there are devout followers of the glueBlog who are otherwise completely cut-off from society). The winningest franchise in American Sports celebrated in the usual confetti-filled fashion of parading down the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan. Over a million jubilant fans lined the streets to cheer and catch a glimpse of their beloved Bronx Bombers.
With the Yanks in the World Series this year the glue team paid extra close attention to the fall classic with hopes of getting the opportunity to support the Mayor’s office with another celebration on the steps of City Hall. With a Mariano Rivera induced ground-out from Shane Victorino, Game 6 was over, the Yanks were champs again, and it was time for production glue to get to work.
Led by Executive Producer Jennifer Kurland, Producer Cheryl Adler, and Technical Director Matt Richman, the production glue crew set out to produce the Yankees Ticker Tape Parade Ceremony at City Hall Plaza- a mere 36 hours after the final out. An around the-clock effort ensued as glue jumped into action to coordinate a cohesive program that consisted of a variety of performances and an impressive collection of speakers. The glue team worked through the night and faced chilly conditions while coordinating all technical elements and staging.
As the sun rose it became clear that the hasty hard work was going to pay-off. Those fortunate enough to have tickets to the ceremony filled their seats early in anticipation of the arrival of their Yankee heroes. Pre-show performances included a medley by The Jersey Boys, “Take Me out To the Ballgame” sung by the Staten Island Little Leaguers who came within two games of winning the LL World Series, and a rousing entrance and performance by The Soul Tigers Marching Band.
Fresh off his earlier in the week re-election, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg introduced the two hosts of the ceremony, Yankee Broadcasters Michael Kay and John Sterling. The program continued with riveting performances of The National Anthem and God Bless America, and brief speeches by Yankee Captain Derek Jeter, Manager Joe Girardi, and broadcaster Suzyn Waldman. Next, each and every Yankee was individually introduced, cheered, and presented with the Key to the City.
The Mayor took to the podium one last time, but instead of closing out the ceremony he unleashed a surprise performance- Jay-Z unexpectedly emerged from stage right and started into his huge single, “Empire State of Mind.” Naturally, the crowd went wild. The Yankees on stage bopped their heads along as well, and eventually encircled Jay-Z as the festivities drew to a close and confetti launched from the City Hall balcony.