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Tickertape Parade
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.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • 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.

Film
  • 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.

Live-Action TV

Music
  • The Decemberists 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"

Newspaper Comics
  • 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

Video Games

Western Animation
  • At the end of The Simpsons 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 Pink Panther 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 The Real Ghostbusters.
  • Roger of American Dad! threw himself a ticker tape parade because a deli named a sandwich after him.
  • The Autobots and Decepticons both get one in Megatron's Master Plan.
  • The opening sequence to Hong Kong Phooey starts with a ticker tape parade for the title character.

Real Life
  • 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.

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