Monday, July 12, 2010
Cup Runneth Over
When it comes to a celebratory occasion, nothing seems to do the job like a good dousing. And when it comes to a good dousing, nothing does the job like a fountain. So it was natural that post-World Cup revelers would take their revelry to the fountain in Washington Square Park.
There is something a little gratuitous about a public water fountain, which suits a post championship triumph just fine, since, inevitably, something as monumental as Spain's first victory in the World Cup will necessitate some over-the-top behavior.
This celebration caught me by surprise, since I was not aware of the final championship game results. A group worked their way from Fifth Avenue into the park and were joined by others. Soon the park's central plaza became a sea of red and yellow, with chanting, flag waving and water play. See my photo gallery here.
There are celebrations which are primarily excuses to party - often the completely disinterested find it a perfect opportunity to engage in orgiastic debauchery with intoxication at its core. This was not one of those times. Extreme inebriation was the exception, not the rule, and the focus on the meaning of this event was obvious to all.
Outside the United States, winning a soccer cup takes on a significance unparalleled here - these are international championships in the world's most popular sport that take place only once every four years. It has been said that winning a cup can uplift the spirits and even boost the economy of an entire nation.
It is a joyous time for the victors, and here in our fountain, there and everywhere, Spain's cup runneth over :)