What Is Showered on the Honorees of So-Called Ticker-Tape Parades?

Even before stock tickers became obsolete, shredded documents and newspapers rained down with ticker tape along the "Canyon of Heroes." The tradition started when workers flung ribbons of tape out office windows to celebrate the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty in 1886. The earliest known image of the practice appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper on October 27, 1888.

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