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Canyon of Heroes on lower Broadway in New York City, during a ticker-tape parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts on August 13, 1969.

"Canyon of Heroes" is a colloquialism referring to the section of New York City's lower Broadway and the Financial District that is the historic location of the city's ticker-tape parades.

The traditional route of the parade is northward from Bowling Green to City Hall Park. Most of the route is lined with tall office buildings along both sides, affording a view of the parade for thousands of office workers and the snowstorm-like jettison of shredded paper products onto the parade.

While typical sports championship parades have been showered with some 50 tons of confetti and shredded paper, the V-J Day parade on August 14 and August 15, 1945 – marking the end of World War II – was covered with 5,438 tons of paper, based on estimates provided by the New York City Department of Sanitation.[1]

More than 200 black granite strips embedded in the sidewalks along the Canyon of Heroes list honorees of past ticker-tape parades.[2]

The most recent parade in the Canyon of Heroes was on November 6, 2009 for the New York Yankees in honor of their 27th World Series Championship.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Q & A: Today’s Giants Ticker-Tape Parade", The New York Times, February 5, 2008. Accessed August 4, 2008.
  2. ^ Santos, Fernanda. "Super Bowl-Winning Giants Get Canyon of Heroes Honor", The New York Times, June 11, 2008. Accessed August 4, 2008. "The plaque is one of the more than 200 granite strips in a route known as the Canyon of Heroes, marking those who have been honored by the city with ticker-tape parades."
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