New York City to honor pandemic heroes with ticker tape parade in July

Hip hip hooray! New York City will hold a ticker tape parade for heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic next month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

The celebration, called The Hometown Heroes Parade, will take place along the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan on July 7, about 16 months after New York City became the nation’s first COVID-19 epicenter.

PHOTO: In this April 28, 2020, file photo, doctors, nurses and emergency medical staff of the Brooklyn Hospital Center pose of a picture in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The city’s seven-day average positivity rate now stands at a record low of 0.59%, the mayor said.

De Blasio said the pandemic’s “health care heroes” are “extraordinary and need to be remembered for the ages.”

“Our first responders, our essential workers, the people who kept us alive, the people who kept the city going no matter what,” he said. “We are going to hold a parade to honor them, to thank them, to celebrate them.”

PHOTO: NYU Langone-Long Island honored nurses with 40 or more years of experience with a special celebration in Mineola, New York, May 11, 2021.

PHOTO: In this April 9, 2020, file photo, healthcare workers gather in front of St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York.

Ticker tape parades along the Canyon of Heroes are a historical part of New York City. These parades have honored people from Amelia Earhart in 1932 to Winston Churchill in 1946. The most recent ticker tape parade was in 2019 for the U.S. women’s national soccer team after they won the World Cup.

PHOTO: Amelia Earhart is driven up Broadway in her triumphal procession from the Battery to City Hall in New York, June 20, 1932.

PHOTO: Winston Churchill is shown during a parade up Broadway, March 15, 1946, in New York.

“Ticker tape parades up the Canyon of Heroes, they’ve happened for generations,” de Blasio said. “But this one will have a special spirit to it, a special heart and soul, because it’s about celebrating everyday New Yorkers who did something heroic and need our thanks.”

“Floats for health care workers, first responders, educators, municipal workers, transportation workers, grocery and bodega workers, delivery people, you name it. All the essential workers who made it happen,” the mayor said. “It’s a day to celebrate and appreciate the heroes who often go unsung.”

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