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Yankees once again will parade up Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has encouraged parents and teachers to give children a unique educational experience: Take 'em to the New York Yankees victory parade.
Giuliani, the city's highest-profile Yankees fan, said he has no problem with kids taking a day off from school to watch the Bronx Bombers in the ticker-tape parade through lower Manhattan's "Canyon of Heroes."
"I get in trouble for this every year," Giuliani said Friday. "Yeah, I think it's OK."
In the past, Giuliani has allowed his own children -- Andrew and Caroline -- to play hooky to see the parade. This marks the third straight year, and the fourth in the last five, that the Yankees have won the World Series and earned a parade.
This year's festivities were set for Monday, when it conflicts with classes for school kids in and around the city.
"Baseball can be an educational experience," Giuliani said. "Teachers and parents should use it for educational purposes ... have classes come and see the parade, and have them write an essay about it."
The city's top educator, Schools Chancellor Harold Levy, disagreed with the mayor's position.
"Everybody likes baseball," Levy said. "The World Series was very exciting for all of us. But that is no reason to skip school."
Levy's advice extended to adults working for the Board of Education: "School will be open, and I expect both students and teachers to attend."
And he was certain that at least one group would pose no absentee problems: "I particularly expect Mets fans to be there."
The mayor, ordinarily a strict law-and-order type, was unmoved by Levy's comments.
"My advice?" Giuliani said. "My advice is let the kid be part of the parade."