Jun 14, 2021 - Health

New York City to host ticker tape parade for essential workers

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that the city will host a ticker tape parade on July 7 to honor health care workers, first responders, and essential workers.

Why it matters: It will be the city's first official parade since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, de Blasio said. The announcement comes as the city prepares to fully reopen on July 1.

The big picture: The parade will include floats and groups of essential workers marching along the Canyon of Heroes route through downtown Manhattan, per CNN.

What they're saying: "[T]he first true large parade in New York City will be one to celebrate the heroes of the fight against COVID, our health care heroes who were extraordinary and need to be remembered for the ages, our first responders, our essential workers, the people who kept us alive, that people who kept the city going no matter what," said de Blasio.

  • "No one is going to ever forget those we lost and what families are still going through. But we need a day to celebrate the heroism of every-day New Yorkers."
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