The Browns won only one game in the past two years. Last year the team defeated the San Diego Chargers to avoid a winless season.
Management from the Browns released the following statement regarding the parade:
“We greatly appreciate the passion of all our fans and we apologize to them for not making 2017 an enjoyable season. We certainly hear them and understand their frustration. Obviously, we want the same thing as our fans; winning results. We are committed to doing everything we can to improve and build them the type of team they most certainly deserve.”
Cleveland resident John Rivera said that having a parade is an embarrassment to the city. Rivera is among the Clevelander's who attended the event but feel that the parade was a waste of time.
"I don't think it's going to get Haslam's attention," Rivera said.
Rivera hopes the team turns it around next season. "I believe in the Cleveland Browns," he said.
To make the parade a possibility, event organizers took to GoFundMe and Facebook to seek donations. Around $23,000 was donated to make the parade a possibility. After expenses, the remaining $14,000 will be donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, organizers said.
While parade organizers are donating more money to the food bank this year than the last, the total amount given is about $6,000 less than last year's donation. When the first winless season parade was canceled due to the team's solitary win, parade organizers donated $10,000 to the food bank and were matched by the Browns for a total of $20,000 donated.
The Browns have not said if they will match the donation this year.