John Glenn at Ticker-Tape Parade

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On March 1, 1962, New York City honored astronaut John Glenn by showering him with 3,474 tons of ticker tape to celebrate his return from his first space flight. Aboard Friendship 7, Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth. Following the historic parade, Glenn expresses his gratitude to the thousands of spectators gathered at City Hall.

Ticker-Tape Parades

Fresh off their 27th World Series win, the New York Yankees will take a victory lap through lower Manhattan this morning. It will be their record-setting ninth trip down the so-called “Canyon of Heroes,” the skyscraper-lined stretch from the island’s southern tip to City Hall. And if past ticker-tape parades for sports champions are any guide, they can expect to be showered with up to 50 tons of confetti and shredded paper.

The stock ticker — a machine that tracked financial data over telegraph lines and stamped it on strips called “ticker-tape” for the sound the printing made — had barely been around two decades before Wall Streeters realized that throwing its ribbony paper out the window was a fun way to celebrate. They first did it on October 29, 1886, inspired by the ceremony to dedicate the Statue of Liberty. The practice was still a novelty ten years later, when the New York Times reported that office workers had “hit on a new and effective scheme of adding to the decorations” at a parade for presidential candidate William McKinley by unfurling hundreds of ticker-tape reels out the window.

By 1899 two million people turned out to make Admiral George Dewey, hero of the Battle of Manila Bay, the first individual honored with a ticker-tape parade. Former President Teddy Roosevelt got one in 1910 upon returning from his African safari. But it wasn’t until 1919, when Grover Whalen was made New York City’s official greeter, that ticker-tape parades took off: from 1919 to 1953 he reportedly threw 86 of them, many at the urging of the State Department. The luminaries he feted in his early years included Albert Einstein in 1921 — the only scientist ever honored with a ticker-tape parade — as well as the U.S. Olympic team in 1924 and Charles Lindbergh in 1927. By then, of course, the tradition had spread: thousands of Chicagoans showered boxer Gene Tunney with paper that year when he arrived in the city to defend his world title Boston and St. Louis have also held ticker-tape parades, though New York remains their epicenter.

However, all were not happy. A 1904 letter to the editor urged the New York Times to speak out against the “evil” practice, suggesting that parade horses spooked by falling ticker tape might plow into the crowd on the sidewalk and cause “disaster.” A few years later, an overzealous reveler reportedly neglected to tear the pages out of a phone book and instead threw the whole thing out the window it struck a passerby and knocked him unconscious. By 1926, New York Stock Exchange officials had grown concerned about the cost of tossing miles of ticker tape out the window any time someone important came to town: they considered buying confetti to distribute to employees but decided against it. In 1932, another irate Times letter-writer demanded that lobbing paper be “promptly and strictly banned,” to be replaced by tossing flowers or waving handkerchiefs, the more dignified customs of “civilized cities” in Europe and South America.

In 1945, V-J Day prompted the most lavish ticker-tape parade in history𔃃,438 tons of material were flung on New York City’s streets. On Aug. 14, 1945, three thousand street-sweepers worked through the night to clean it up, only to have their efforts undone when the merriment continued the next morning. A few months earlier, General Dwight Eisenhower and the Allied Forces were celebrated at the same canyon. The April 20, 1951 parade honoring ousted General Douglas MacArthur was the biggest parade thrown for an individual. [Above, photo by Mark Kauffman].

Queen Elizabeth (and her uncle Edward while he was still Prince of Wales) and Pope John Paul II received a ticker-tape parades and so did the Yankees, the Mets and the Rangers. The Apollo 11 astronauts were also honored, but by this time, the Stock Exchange was upgrading to electronic boards, leaving them little use for ticker tape, and the parades dwindled. There were only a handful in the 1970s and 1980s. John Glenn saw a fete in 1998 honoring him for becoming the oldest person to go into space, at age 77. Coming 36 years after his first one, it put him in an elite club of multiple-parade honorees, including Amelia Earhart, Dwight Eisenhower, and Charles de Gaulle. Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, a polar explorer, had three ticker-tape parades. That is a record for one individual.

[Excepted from Laura FitzPatrick’s article in Time Magazine].

New York Post cover, featuring the tickertape parade to honor “Wrong-Way Corrigan”.

1962 high angle ticker tape parade for John Glenn (first American in orbit) on NYC street / newsreel

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U.S. women’s soccer team’s parade: The 207th time New Yorkers have dumped office trash on their heroes

The triumphant U.S. women’s soccer team rolled down Broadway Wednesday morning to bask in an official New York ticker-tape parade to celebrate its World Cup victory.

It is the first time the city has bestowed that signature confetti-blizzard on anyone since … the triumphant U.S. women’s soccer team in 2015, the last time it won the World Cup. They join the New York Yankees as the only team to be honorees at back-to-back ticker-tape parades.

The U.S. women have a way to go before they equal the six parades the Yankees have earned for their World Series wins. But the World Cup champions can take pride in being one of just a few non-New York sports teams to get the accolade at all. The city has honored a few U.S. Olympic teams (welcoming one home from Paris in 1924 in the first sports-related ticker-tape parade, and sending one off to Helsinki in 1952). But the city has mostly saved its love for Gotham’s own lineups.

“On and off the field, this team represents what’s best about New York City and our nation,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, the only official with the power to call for the city’s 207th official ticker-tape parade.

The uniquely New York practice of dumping office trash on the heads of dignitaries and heroes began in October 1886. That’s when clerical workers along Wall Street began spontaneously tossing spools of ticker-tape ribbon down onto a group marching to the Battery for the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty.

Parades had been a feature of Lower Manhattan since colonial days, according to a history of the tradition compiled by the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Museum of the City of New York, But after telegraph ticker-tape machines began to spread to brokers’ offices in the 1870s as a way to stamp real-time stock prices onto one-inch-wide strips of paper, some inspired staffer leaned out a window, tossed off a roll and invented a contrail of celebration.

Those who loved a good parade loved the effect, hailing the streamers as a financial-sector version of the flower-strewn processions of Europe, South America and Asia. Others, including some sniffy letter-to-the-editor writers, called it “litter.”

But the practice began to grow, with a parade thrown in 1889 to mark the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration and another in 1910 to welcome former president Theodore Roosevelt back from an African safari. (He rode down Broadway with 150 members of his old “Rough Riders” unit.) In 1919, at the end of World War I, Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing joined more than 30,000 soldiers and Red Cross nurses on a triumphant, paper-showered march.h

As the parades grew more common, the range of honorees and the size of the crowds varied enormously. For long stretches of the 20th century, the parades were largely devoted to welcoming foreign dignitaries, often at the request of the State Department.

Young Queen Elizabeth got a parade Charles de Gaulle got two, as did the shah of Iran. By the late 1950s, many locals and business owners deemed the events too frequent and too dull. (There were three in one week of May 1950, and 1955 saw the presidents of Guatemala and Uruguay feted a month apart.)

“They began to feel a little rote,” said Andy Breslau, senior vice president of the Downtown Alliance.

Mayor John Lindsay put a moratorium on ticker-tapes soon after taking office in 1966, but he quickly made an exception for the beginning of the Space Age. New Yorkers, who couldn’t get enough of throwing stuff at astronauts each time they came down from a new orbit, moon shot or lunar landing, had always had a thing for fliers.

Charles Lindbergh, Richard E. Byrd and Wiley Post were among the dozens of air pioneers honored by parades. Ruth Elder got one for being the first woman to attempt a transatlantic flight, and Amelia Earhart got one for finally pulling it off.

“The Age of Aviation always drew a huge response,” Breslau said.

Many of the gatherings were massive, attracting more than a million revelers to the route and depositing thousands of tons of paper at their feet.

The city’s Department of Sanitation, responsible for tidying up all the scraps, has historical records on the amount collected that the New York Times cited in 2008. The 1986 Statue of Liberty centennial (and also the centennial of the ticker-tape parade) generated almost 3,000 tons of paper. Astronaut John Glenn had 3,474 tons dumped on him in 1962, almost half a million pounds more than Gen. Douglas MacArthur drew nine years earlier. The biggest paper fall may have been to mark the end of World War II in 1945, when giddy New Yorkers showered the streets with almost 11 million pounds of shredded joy.

Inevitably, the practice has shrunken as technology has changed. Ticker tape is no more in the “paperless economy” (and Wall Street workers never took to throwing their Bloomberg terminals down on the honorees) so the Downtown Alliance has distributed shredded recycled paper to businesses along the route.

Not so many windows open in the “Canyon of Heroes” in the age of air conditioning, and security restrictions keep many balconies and roofs off limits. The trash department, armed with leaf blowers and rakes, swept up just 30 tons of debris from the 2015 World Cup parade, according to a spokesman.

Still, the weight of paper doesn’t always measure the weight of emotions. For many, there is no celebration quite as enthusiastic, or as messy, as a New York ticker-tape parade.

Your Ride Has Arrived for the Ticker-Tape Parade

It is not built for speed. It burns through gas. And it is too big to park on any street.

But none of that matters when it is a 1952 Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton.

The open-air car in glossy black with red leather seats is New York City’s official parade car and the grande dame of the 30,000 vehicles in the nation’s largest municipal fleet. It stretches 20 feet from front to back to seat up to eight passengers, and it comes with its very own red-carpet floor. It has only one job: ushering V.I.P.s through blizzards of ticker tape on Broadway.

For more than six decades, its back seat has been filled with a who’s who of world leaders and celebrities. It gave rides to the Apollo 11 astronauts, the American hostages freed from Iran and the Yankees fresh off a World Series win — and another and another. It introduced the city to Van Cliburn, escorted John Glenn twice and ferried the kings and queens of Greece, Denmark, Thailand and Nepal through the streets.

“It’s really a piece of city history,” said Lisette Camilo, the commissioner of the Citywide Administrative Services Department, the official caretaker of the parade car. “It’s a touchpoint. It puts New York City at the heart of world events.”

The 1952 Phaeton was one of only three that Chrysler made — part of a tradition of custom-made parade cars that once carried the newsmakers of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s in grand style, all while showing off Chrysler’s latest design in the ultimate bit of product placement. No need to advertise with Queen Elizabeth II, John F. Kennedy, Neil Armstrong and Joe DiMaggio in the car.


The three Phaetons — each in a different color — were owned by the Chrysler Corporation, which based them in New York, Los Angeles and Detroit, and lent them out for processions around the country. The cream-colored Los Angeles car made its debut at the 1953 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., with the grand marshal, Richard M. Nixon, then the vice president-elect, and his family in the back seat. The New York car made a cameo in the 1953 film “How to Marry a Millionaire,” starring Marilyn Monroe.

The 1952 Phaeton had an extra windshield mounted just behind the front seat to keep celebrities from getting windblown, a leather cushion stripped across the top of the back seat for being seen above the crowds and built-in flag-holders on the grill in front. Unlike today’s armor-plated cars, the Phaeton was fully exposed to bad weather and worse. All three have been updated, reupholstered and repainted over the years.

But the allure of the parade cars eventually faded. “There’s nothing older than last year’s parade car, dream car, or racecar,” said Leslie Kendall, the chief historian for the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. “It’s done, it’s over, it had its moment in the sun. Time to move on.”

The cars in New York and Los Angeles were sold to those cities for a nominal fee in the early 1960s. The third car passed into private hands and later turned up in a car collection at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. In 2001, it was bought at auction by Robert E. Petersen, the son of a mechanic who built a media empire that included Hot Rod Magazine, and was relocated to the Petersen Automotive Museum. The reported sales price was $332,500.

Today, all three Phaetons still carry out parade duties. Los Angeles’s parade car was featured in an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” in 2015 and carried Mayor Eric Garcetti in a parade as recently as April. The Petersen museum’s car was part of Mr. Petersen’s funeral procession in 2007. The two cars appeared together in a Christmas parade in Hollywood some years back. When the museum’s car was being driven away, some city employees thought it was their car.

“Cars are artifacts, just like pre-Columbian pottery and Impressionist paintings, but we understand that they have a functional component — which is the reason they were built to begin with,” Mr. Kendall said.

New York’s Phaeton is so prized that it is housed in its own shed in Brooklyn and has its own entourage. It is escorted at all times by a car in front and in back, to ensure no one runs into it. A flatbed truck is sent along when it goes to other boroughs and beyond, in case of a breakdown.

It has logged more than 27,000 miles, mainly on parade routes. It stays home when rain is in the forecast. There is no heat or air-conditioning. It stalled only once while carrying Rudolph W. Giuliani, then the mayor, in a parade for Sammy Sosa on Broadway.

“My heart fell out of my body,” said Paul Herszdorfer, a deputy assistant commissioner at the Citywide Administrative Services Department. “I was like, ‘OMG.’ That’s your biggest fear — the car breaks down in a parade.’’ Mr. Giuliani ended up getting out and walking. The car had to be pushed to a side street and loaded onto the flatbed truck.

The parade car has been overshadowed in recent times by flashier floats and double-decker buses. At its last parade in 2015 for the United States World Cup-winning women’s soccer team, it lined up with the other parade vehicles. Mayor Bill de Blasio and the soccer players hopped onto a float. No one climbed in the parade car, so it drove empty and forgotten down Broadway.

On a recent afternoon, the Phaeton swung through Downtown Brooklyn with Tony Leston, a city driver, behind the wheel and Ms. Camilo and her staff in back. The car squeezed through narrow cobblestone streets at barely 10 miles per hour. Its extra-large, white-walled tires made for an unusually smooth ride.

Pedestrians waved and snapped photos. Someone yelled out that it was the car that carried President Kennedy when he was shot. (It was not.) “You get a lot of that,” said Mr. Leston, who was once asked by a newly married couple if they could jump in and take a photo. He let them.

Pulling into Brooklyn Bridge Park, the car drew a crowd. One man said it was too big. But to Dario D’Incerti, a visiting film director from Italy, the home country of the Ferrari sports car, it was perfect. “It’s one of the most beautiful cars I’ve seen in my whole life,” he said. “And I’m 65, I’m not 5, so I’ve seen a lot of cars.”

Rima Badawi, a pharmacist from Lower Manhattan, said she would like to see more of the car. “It should be out more,” she said. “It should be available for rentals — for my daughter’s wedding someday.”

Mr. Leston recalled that when he stopped for gas in Brooklyn one day, the owner of an auto parts shop across the street came over to admire the car. Noting that the side mirrors were cloudy from age, the man returned to his shop, cut two replacement mirrors and presented them to Mr. Leston — at no charge.

“Anybody that’s around, it attracts attention,” Mr. Leston said. “All the time, it never fails. People have a love for it.”

“The greatest thing we can do is inspire young minds. ”

John Glenn was a decorated Military Pilot, a US Senator, and, most famously, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth.

John Glenn was born in 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio and was raised in the small town of New Concord, home of Muskingum University where he attended college. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps soon after the US entered World War II. He was a highly decorated pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, as well, and few over 90 missions.

After the war, he became a test pilot and developed a reputation as an outstanding aviator. On July 16, 1957, in a mission dubbed “Project Bullet”, Glenn set the nation’s transcontinental flight speed record. It was this experience that the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration cited when choosing him as one of the Mercury 7, the first American Astronauts. During the Korean War, Glenn would fly combat missions with Red Sox great Ted Williams.

On February 20, 1962, Glenn was launched into space atop a Mercury Atlas rocket, a vehicle that had experienced several catastrophic failures prior to this mission, and orbited the earth three times during a mission that lasted 4 hours and 55 minutes. Towards the end of the flight, a failure in the automatic-control system of his Mercury Capsule, Friendship 7, required him to take the controls and fly manually. This was the first time this had been done. The landing was successful, and Glenn returned a national hero. On March 1, 1962, Glenn was welcomed home by millions at a ticker tape parade in his honor in New York City.

After retiring from NASA, Glenn entered and made three attempts to run for the US Senate- succeeding on his third try. During his senate career he was considered an expert in science and technology and on military matters. Glenn’s advocacy for the reduction of nuclear weapons culminated in the passage of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 1978, which was signed into law by President Carter. In 1984, Glenn sought the Democratic Party’s Presidential Nomination.

Glenn served in the Senate until his retirement in December 1998. That same year, it was announced that he would be returning to space on board the space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-95 crew. Serving as Payload Specialist, Glenn began his second flight on October 29, 1998, making him the oldest person to fly in space.

In 2015 John Glenn gave his permission to use his name on the Observatory Park project being planned by the Friends of the Hocking Hills.

List of ticker-tape parades in New York City

Since 1886, those who have made significant achievements, heads of state, returning veterans and sport champions from the New York area or national teams have been honored with ticker-tape parades. Parades are traditionally held along a section of Broadway, known as the "Canyon of Heroes," from the Battery to City Hall. Each of these 206 parades has been commemorated by the Alliance for Downtown New York City with a granite strip, installed in 2004. [1]

John Glenn at Ticker-Tape Parade - HISTORY

New York, U-S-16 November 1998

1. Mid shot Glenn at parade, being driven through parade

3. Billboard saying 'Godspeed John Glenn' driving through parade

5. Mid shot of motorcade, Glenn waving to crowds

7. Mid shot of motorcade, Glenn waving to crowds

8. Confetti being thrown out of building

10. Shot of bagpipers marching

11. Shot of Discovery crew on float at parade

12. Wide shot cheerleaders marching with flags

14. Shot of balloons being released into sky

15. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Glenn, astronaut

17. Close up shot of boy watching

18. Member of Discovery crew being handed medal at ceremony


For the second time in 36 years, the oldest man in space, Senator John Glenn, was honoured by a 'ticker-tape' parade in New York on Monday.

Glenn's first parade was in 1962, after he became America's first man in orbit.

Recent recipients of the ticker tape parade include Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and the Gulf War veterans.

Ticker tape, the paper ribbon on which telegraphic tickers print information, has given way to shredded computer paper, confetti and toilet paper tossed from windows along the parade route.

The 77-year-old astronaut John Glenn and his six space shuttle Discovery crew- mates were lauded at a parade down Broadway's Canyon of Heroes in New York on Monday.

The Discovery crew returned to Earth at the beginning of November after a nine day space flight.

On his second trip into orbit Glenn participated in 10 experiments studying space and age-related conditions, such as fitful sleep and the deterioration of bone and muscle mass.

Thousand braved freezing weather conditions on Monday to celebrate Glenn's historic achievment.

The first ticker-tape parade was in 1886, when office workers spontaneously threw the tape out windows during a parade for the Statue of Liberty's dedication.

Officials expected some four tonnes of shredded paper to fall on New York's street on Monday.

Glenn's first parade was in 1962, after he became America's first man in orbit.

The 1962 parade is recorded as the biggest ticker-tape in New York's history, with 3,474 tonnes of confetti and ticker-tape raining down along a 11 kilometre (seven mile) route.

A City Hall welcoming ceremony was to follow the parade, with the New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani presenting the astronaut with keys to the city.

At the ceremony, Glenn said that elderly people had just the same aspirations to achieve as young people.

"All the old people have just as many hopes and dreams and ambitions as anyone else- and maybe some of them- maybe this flight will encourage them to exercise their own talents, their own capabilities, and do some of these things that they otherwise not do not have done."

SUPER CAPTION: John Glenn, Astronaut

Giuliani also presented the shuttle crew members with the keys to the city.

Glenn, who retires from the U-S Senate in November, joins a privileged list of individuals and sports teams honoured with more than one ticker-tape parade.

Others given more than one parade include the New York Mets and New York Yankees, former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, Dwight Eisenhower and Amelia Earhart.

Watch the video: The Scene at NYCs Ticker-Tape Parade (July 2022).


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