De Blasio hosts ticker parade on July 7 to honor heroes of the pandemic
New York City will host a ticker parade next month through Manhattan’s historic Canyon of Heroes to thank the tens of thousands of first responders, essential workers and others who have provided care and reassurance throughout. length of the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday.
The city’s “Hometown Heroes Parade” will take place on July 7 at 11 am. According to de Blasio, it will keep its promise in April 2020 that when the city emerges from the pandemic – as it is about to do – “the heroes who led the fight against COVID-19 [would have] a party like our city had never seen before. “
Details were lacking on the expected number of attendees and the presence of special guests and celebrities.
But during his daily town hall press briefing, de Blasio said every type of essential worker – healthcare workers, emergency food providers, first responders, educators, city workers, transport workers and utilities, as well as bodega employees and delivery men – would be honored and be able to participate in special tanks.
“The first real big parade in New York will be the one to celebrate the heroes of the fight against COVID – our health heroes, who were extraordinary and to be remembered for ages, our first responders, our essential workers – the people. who kept us alive, the people who kept the city alive no matter what, ”said de Blasio.
The route should follow that of previous parades, starting at Battery Park and heading north up Broadway to the City Hall area for a ceremony.
The parade is said to be the first ticker-tape extravaganza in the city since 2019, when the United States women’s soccer team was honored for winning the World Cup. In 2012, the New York Giants were cheered in their parade after winning Super Bowl XLVI with a victory over the New England Patriots.
The Hometown Heroes Parade will be the last in a long tradition that began in 1886 when, historians tell us, Manhattan office workers along Wall Street spontaneously threw duct tape during a parade for the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty.
Other parades were held over the following decades to mark various occasions: military victories, royalty visits, major sporting victories as well as papal and presidential visits. Singular acts of bravery and daring were also celebrated, such as Charles A. Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.