NYC to hold ‘Hometown Heroes’ parade for essential workers


Ticker-tape parade in New York City | Photo by Spurekar via Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK – A ticker-tape parade called Hometown Heroes will take place on July 7, 2021, at 11 a.m. The parade will celebrate the Summer of New York City and thank the essential workers who uplifted New Yorkers through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will begin by Manhattan’s Battery Park, travel along the Canyon of Heroes, and end with a ceremony in City Hall Park.

“We can never thank our essential workers enough for all they’ve done for this city. But we can celebrate their heroism in our streets – and put on a safe, dynamic, unforgettable parade to show our appreciation,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Thanks to these essential workers, we’ve fought back COVID-19 and we’re on our way to building a recovery for all of us. I can’t wait to march alongside them.”

“Over the course of 125 years, New Yorkers of all stripes have honored our hometown sports teams, world leaders, military veterans and astronauts, and to celebrate achievements in athletics, exploration, aviation and science. On behalf of all City agencies, it is our distinct honor to celebrate those New Yorkers who guided us through the darkest days of the pandemic,” said Dan Gross, Executive Director of Citywide Events.

Hometown Heroes parade will feature various floats, each representing a group of essential workers who served this city heroically throughout the pandemic. Represented groups will include:

  • Advocacy organizations
  • City workers
  • Educators
  • Emergency food providers
  • Faith leaders
  • First responders
  • Healthcare workers
  • Hospitality and buildings workers
  • Retail and bodega workers
  • Social service and settlement house workers
  • Transportation workers
  • Utility workers

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson praised essential workers that are being honored. “During one of the city’s darkest moments, our essential workers sacrificed their own health and time with family to serve all New Yorkers,” Johnson said. “Now that our city has reopened, it’s fitting to honor these heroes with a New York-style celebration. Our city is on the path to recovery because of their work and it’s time to clap for them in-person as they march the Canyon of Heroes.”

“New York’s essential workers more than deserve to be honored with a ticker tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes,” said US Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, “I look forward to celebrating and thanking the incredible New Yorkers who kept this city going throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.” (JayD/PDM)

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