Get ready for the biggest party of the summer (no, I’m not talking about the WWE’s summer spectacular SummerSlam) as New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio has announced the Big Apple is going to host a ticker-tape parade on July 7, 2021 to honor the men and women who helped everyone get through the Coronapocalypse. Hizzoner recently tweeted:
A WCBS News Radio reported on the upcoming Big Apple Blowout:
De Blasio said the parade will feature floats with groups of health care workers, first responders, educators, municipal workers, transportation workers, grocery and bodega workers, and delivery people.
“You name it, all the essential workers who made it happen, everyone who kept it together in New York City for all of us and brought us back. It’s a day to celebrate and appreciate the heroes who often go unsung, we’re going to sing about them this day,” de Blasio said.
New York City’s ticker-tape parades are a rich tradition dating back to the 19th century. Although ticker-tape parades have been held elsewhere, they’re often associated with the Big Apple. The events were named after the “ticker-tape” thrown out of windows (later replaced by confetti) during the parade and reserved for special celebrations such as the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration as President, American golfer Bobby Fisher’s win at the British Open, Amelia Earhart’s transatlantic flight, the Apollo 11 moon landing, and many others.
This is a huge event and while this parade will only honor a fraction of the people who stepped up during the pandemic, it’s a nice start. Now if employers could dish out some bonuses for the people who risked life and limb to help us through (and while some have, others have been stingy AF), our heroes could really feel appreciated.