NYC to hold ticker-tape parade for front-line workers once pandemic ends, de Blasio says

COVID-19 deaths in the United States now exceed 4,000

Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 concerns pause for rest, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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NEW YORK — New York City will hold a ticker-tape parade for workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle once the pandemic ends, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

De Blasio made the announcement during his daily coronavirus briefing Tuesday.

“I want to guarantee you one thing. When that day comes that we can restart the vibrant beautiful life of the city again, the first thing we will do is we will have a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes for our health care workers and our first responders,” he said. “We will honor those who saved us.”

President Donald Trump said the health care workers deserve it.

“They’re warriors,” he said. “They’ve done an incredible job.”

The ticker-tape parade dates back to 1886 with the impromptu celebration of the Statue of Liberty’s dedication.

The unique celebration became a traditional celebration of triumph. In the past, fans threw large amounts of shredded paper (originally ticker tape, but not typically confetti) from nearby office buildings windows onto the parade route.

In past decades, popes, kings, queens, astronauts, and veterans have received similar treatment. For the thousands of fans and spectators that lined the way, they were witnessing history.

De Blasio said that this ticker-tape, however, will be “the greatest of all the parades because this one will speak to the rebirth of New York City,”

“This parade will mark the beginning of our renaissance,” he said.

“We will honor them as they deserve.”

There are over 132,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City, with 34,729 deaths as of Monday, according to the city’s Health Department.

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