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A celebratory parade, largely held in an urban setting, characterized by [[ConfettiDrop lots of falling confetti]] made from shredded office paper and dropped from the city building windows.

The name itself is somewhat of an ArtifactTitle. In early days, people recycled used [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ticker_tape 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.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}} In America'' ends with one, [[spoiler:in Tintin's honor, after he cleans up Chicago.]]
* Spoofed in one issue of ''TheSimpsons''. 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 ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' 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 ''[[ComicBook/TheGoldenAge JSA: The Golden Age]]''.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/TheCameraman'': Creator/BusterKeaton is watching a ticker-tape parade when he meets his LoveInterest, 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.
* ''Film/TheIncredibleMrLimpet''. 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 ''Film/TheAviator'' after his around-the-world flight.
* ''Film/StarWarsEpisodeIThePhantomMenace'' ends with one to celebrate Naboo's victory over the Trade Federation.
* Alvin in ''Film/SergeantYork'' gets a proper tickertape parade when returning to New York as a war hero.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Mockingly lampshaded in the first ''[[Literature/TheExecutioner Able Team]]'' novel. Terrorists seize a skyscraper in New York and demand freedom for Puerto Rico, the release of all 'political prisoners', [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a tickertape parade]]. It's a moot point since they intend to blow up the building anyway.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Cold Hands, Warm Heart" begins with one.

[[folder: Music ]]
* Music/TheDecemberists utilize this term in their song ''The Perfect Crime #2."
-->''"It was like a tickertape parade''\\
''When the plastique on the safe was blown away"''

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' comic, Calvin has an ImagineSpot 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 [[spoiler: from his own men on a truck behind him]]

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* This is the player's reward for the Level 11 quest in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''. [[AntiClimax It's the longest and most annoying quest in the game.]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Deep Space Homer", the carbon rod credited with saving the space shuttle from burning up in Earth's atmosphere gets a tickertape parade in its honor.
** In "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson", there's a gag where the family hold a fake parade (with Lisa as an astronaut) so they can drop leaflets for Marge's pretzel-selling business. Marge stages a tickertape parade to avoid littering laws when she throws flyers for her pretzel business off the buildings.
--> '''Chief Wiggum''': Welcome back, space girl. (sniffs)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PinkPanther'' short "Pink of the Litter", Pink was hired to clean all the litter in town. After he does, he is given a tickertape parade... and then has to clean up after it.
* The ending credits of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''.
* Roger of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' threw himself a ticker tape parade because a deli named a sandwich after him.
* The [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Autobots and Decepticons]] both get one in ''Megatron's Master Plan''.
* The opening sequence to ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' starts with a ticker tape parade for the title character.
* Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', when Jay Sherman leads a city-wide campaign to clean up the city. He does that, literally, and the mayor throws him a tickertape parade in his honor...which promptly undoes all the work he put into cleaning up the place. Jay is not pleased.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'': When Johnny becomes the sanitation commissioner, he throws a tickertape parade to celebrate and then has to clean up after it by himself because he spent the sanitation budget on the parade.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* The UrExample and TropeMaker is the 1886 celebration of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in [[BigApplesauce New York City]].
* It is at such a Ticker Tape Parade celebrating the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII that TheVJDayKiss happened.
* Another famous example is the August 1969 parade in New York when the [[UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} Apollo 11]] astronauts returned from their mission to the Moon. This was one of the earlier parades with little if any actual ticker tape, as by that point paper-based tickers were on their way out. Most of the confetti was scrap office paper. (Compare [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_11_ticker_tape_parade_1.jpg the photo of the event]] to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NixonTickerTapeParadeNYC1960.jpg one just nine years earlier]].)
* It's become tradition to have a similar parade when a local professional sports team wins a championship. For example: The UsefulNotes/NewOrleans 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.