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Spike Lee mingles with the masses at Yankees parade

Actor-director Spike Lee was among fans celebrating Yankees

Actor-director Spike Lee was among fans celebrating Yankees victory parade along Broadway during parade. (Nov. 6, 2009) Credit: James Carbone

In full Yankee gear, director Spike Lee joined news photographers through the Canyon of Heroes as a "fellow journalist," armed with a digital camera and hopping on a stepladder when the crowd got too thick.

Lee, who has celebrated New York in movies during the past two decades, spent the parade running up and down Broadway snapping photos of the procession, shouting out to players like Melky Cabrera to get them to turn his way.

Lee said he has been enjoying parades this way for years. "I like taking pictures and video," he said. "It's my take on the parade."

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Born and raised in New York, he says the Yankees' nine-year drought was "like an eternity for fans of the Yankees."

But Lee remembers when the Amazin' Mets shocked the baseball world in 1969 by winning the pennant.

Wait - so he used to be a Mets fan?

"I am not going to lie, I was," he said.

Yankee fan is no bird brain

He is 6-foot-8. So it's only natural - well, sort of - that Ken Holden, 30, came to the parade from Haddon Township, N.J., dressed as Big Bird from "Sesame Street." Uh, as Big Bird wearing a Derek Jeter jersey, that is. Most days, Holden works in Philadelphia. "Finally," he told the Wall Street crowd he was with, "I'm with Yankee fans."

Jersey fan ready to see kings of baseball

He said he's been a Yankees fan "forever." His passion was unmistakable when Peter Diaz, 56, of Hackensack, N.J., arrived at the parade wearing an oversized mask from "The Lion King" - adorned with a Yankees cap and blue and white face paint.

This was the third parade Diaz, who works at Our Lady of Visitation Church in Paramus, has attended.

"I'm losing my voice and it's from telling people, 'Go to work. Go to work,' " he said.

The jinx is lifted

They didn't name her "The Jinx." But in the years since her birth on Dec. 7, 2001, Malibu Campbell of Marine Park, Brooklyn, came to be called "The Jinx" by her parents, Michael, 43, and Susie, 40.

The Yankees, after all, won World Series championships in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

After Malibu was born?

None. Which made her bad luck, according to her parents.

"She was the jinx," Michael Campbell said.

But her parents said they promised Malibu and her sister, Summer, 4, they'd take them to the parade if and when the Yankees ever won the World Series again. They did.

"The Jinx is broken," Campbell said.

The family loves parades: Michael and Susie Campbell have attended the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 23 straight times.

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