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New York City ticker tape parades' long tradition

Ticker-tape parades have been held in New York City since 1886, when office workers tossed tape into the street while the Statute of Liberty was being dedicated. The spontaneous outpouring became a tradition that has been repeated more than 200 times, said Kenneth Cobb, assistant commissioner of the city's department of records.

Some parades over the years:

April 29, 1889: Centennial of George Washington's inauguration as the first U.S. president

June 18, 1910: Theodore Roosevelt on return from an African safari

Sept. 8, 1919: Gen. John J. Pershing, commander in chief, American Expeditionary Force, in World War I

May 27, 1926: Gustaf Adolf and Louise, crown prince and princess of Sweden

July 6, 1928: Amelia Earhart, the first woman to complete a trans-Atlantic flight, along with pilots Wilmer Stultz and Louis E. Gordon

Sept. 3, 1936: Jesse Owens and members of the U.S. Olympic team on their return from Berlin

Aug. 27, 1945: Gen. Charles de Gaulle, president of the Provisional Government of France

May 26, 1953: New York City departments and armed service units commemorate the 150th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone for City Hall

May 22, 1963: Maj. L. Gordon Cooper Jr., Mercury astronaut who orbited the Earth 22 times

June 1, 1965: 4,500 firemen honor the 100th anniversary of the city's first professional fire department

Oct. 19, 1977: The Yankees, World Series champions

Oct. 28, 1986: The Mets, World Series champions

June 20, 1990: Nelson Mandela

Oct. 17, 1998: Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs, honored for hitting 66 home runs and performing charity work

Feb. 5, 2008: The Giants, Super Bowl champions

Source: New York City

Department of records

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