All along Broadway there are historic markers for all the ticker tape parades that have taken place over the years. The first parade took place in October 1886, and the most recent in February 2012.
Ticker tape was used in the ticker tape machines to relay stock prices. Every office in Wall Street had a few of these machines. When the Statue of Liberty was unveiled in October 1886, the celebration parade went up Broadway in Lower Manhattan. Many of the offices along Broadway were filled with stock brokers. As the parade passed underneath their windows, they ripped some of the ticker tape off and threw it out their windows onto the parade. It came down from the buildings like confetti. The ticker tape parade was born.
The mayor of New York City gets to decide who to honor with a ticker tape parade. For the most part, ticker tape parades are held to celebrate important events, such at the first landing on the moon, the end of World War II or visiting dignitaries.
Our app will make it easy to identify the parades held in honor of the many significant events. Broadly they categorized in :