Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape Parades

New York’s famed Broadway starts at Bowling Green, the city’s oldest park. Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesIt was here, on July 9, 1776, where the Sons of Freedom, in an act of defiance against England, took down the statue of King George III and sawed off the finials from the fence – the saw marks which are still visible today. Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesBowling Green is also where New York’s ticker tape parades begin, all of which Manhattan’s Downtown Alliance has documented by imbedding granite slabs into the sidewalk. The first parade was impromptu – a collection of people going up Broadway after the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesThere were another six parades over the next 35 years…Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape Parades27 parades in the 1920s…Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesBroadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesBroadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape Parades17 in the 1930s…Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesBroadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesBroadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape Parades22 in the 1940s (all after the end of World War II in 1945)…Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesA whopping 62 in the 1950s…Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesBroadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesBroadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape Parades32 in the 1960s…Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesAnd 20 over the past 42 years, many of which were sports-related. It is actually an interesting exercise to review the list of these ticker tape parades, especially to note how these celebrations have transformed from a focus on politics to that of sports. Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape ParadesIt is the very apolitical nature of the more recent parades that might indicate how unlikely it is that the current statue in Bowling Green will be taken down any time soon.

Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape Parades

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3 thoughts on “Broadway: Bowling Green and Ticker Tape Parades

  1. Also known as the Canyon of Heroes but given that Sammy Sosa has a spot makes you wonder… Quoting from Wiki – “for hitting 66 home runs…” AND “…for helping with hurricane relief efforts in the Dominican Republic.” Maybe ARod, Bonds, McGuire et.al. should head to Staten Island…

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