A celebratory parade, largely held in an urban setting, characterized by lots of falling confetti
made from shredded office paper and dropped from the city building windows.
The name itself is somewhat of an Artifact Title
. In early days, people recycled used ticker tape
as streamers and confetti; however, ticker tape became obsolete with the advent of electronic displays. The term "tickertape parade" is still in common usage, though.
- Tintin In America ends with one, in Tintin's honor, after he cleans up Chicago.
- Spoofed in one issue of The Simpsons. Bart has a newspaper route, and tries to ease his workload by delivering the papers with firework rockets. Naturally, the end result is shredded and burnt paper falling from the sky, making everyone believe that such a parade is going on...for Homer, who was driving home at the time. Mayor Quimby, wondering why everyone is celebrating such a boob but not wanting to be left out, gives Homer a medal and declares it Homer Simpson Day.
- In a Richie Rich comic book gag, there's a ticker tape parade in the center of Richville, but Richie's father doesn't have any ticker tape for the event. So what does Richie use instead? Dollar bills.
- The Americommando gets a ticker tape parade greeting his welcome home as a war hero in JSA: The Golden Age.
- The Cameraman: Buster Keaton is watching a ticker-tape parade when he meets his Love Interest, who is at the scene with an MGM newsreel film crew. At the end he's at another ticker-tape parade when Sally finds him and kisses him and tells him he got the newsreel cameraman job.
- The Incredible Mr. Limpet. While he's protecting the convoy heading to Europe, the title character Limpet daydreams about the awards he will receive for his war hero services, including such a parade in his honor.
- Howard Hughes gets a tickertape parade in The Aviator after his around-the-world flight.
- Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace ends with one to celebrate Naboo's victory over the Trade Federation.
- In one Calvin and Hobbes comic, Calvin has an Imagine Spot where he's thrown a tickertape parade for getting his homework done.
- A comic from Bill Mauldin show such a parade in Europe for the American troops liberating the city. However, the commanding officer is being pelted with fruit from his own men on a truck behind him
- The Ur-Example and Trope Maker is the 1886 celebration of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York City.
- It is at such a Ticker Tape Parade celebrating the end of World War II that The VJ Day Kiss happened.
- It's become tradition to have a similar parade when a local professional sports team wins a championship. For example: The New Orleans Saints; the 2009-10 Super Bowl champions, had the interesting distinction of being both a typically downtrodden franchise and based in a legendary party town, meaning they had one Hell of a parade.