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“Gertrude Ederle Parade,” 1926, via Wikimedia Commons

When the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team walks along the Canyon of Heroes from Broadway up to City Hall today in the city’s 207th official Ticker-Tape Parade, they will be in good company. For more than 120 years, politicians, aviators, adventurers, generals, and sports teams have been showered with felicitations and falling office paper. But this beloved tradition actually originated spontaneously on October 28, 1886, when Wall Streeters began throwing ticker-tape out their office windows as an enraptured public marched down Broadway to the Battery to celebrate the dedication of “Liberty Enlightening the World,” or the Statue of Liberty as we know her. Ahead, learn the entire history of Ticker-Tape Parades in NYC, from George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt to Jesse Owens and Joe DiMaggio.

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New York City will celebrate the United States women’s soccer team winning its fourth World Cup title with a ticker-tape parade on Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. The team defeated the Netherlands on Sunday 2-0. The parade, which starts at 9:30 a.m., will take place along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan. A ceremony will take place after the parade and requires tickets. Find out how to get to the parade, learn which streets will be closed, and register for the celebration, ahead.

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History

Charles Lindbergh, Ticker tape parade, NYC history

Photo courtesy of PBS

On this day in 1927, the city of New York honored famed aviator Charles “Lucky Lindy” Lindbergh with a ticker-tape parade to celebrate his May 21st flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. At just 25 years old, Lindbergh flew nonstop from New York to Paris, and according to the New York Times, an estimated four million people attended the ticker-tape parade throughout the city to celebrate his journey.

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