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July 1930 --- Original caption: Parade up Broadway in welcome to Bobby Jones. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
British Open champion Bobby Jones is welcomed to New York on July 2, 1930.Bettmann/Corbis
July 1930 --- Original caption: Parade up Broadway in welcome to Bobby Jones. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
American swimmer Gertrude Ederle, the first female to swim across the English Channel, is honoured for her historic swim and crowned 'Queen of the Waves', September 8, 1926 in New York City. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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Baseball's grand old man, Connie Mack, stands up in a car, lower left, to acknowledge the cheers of New Yorkers lining lower Broadway, New York City, as a parade held in his honor moves past Pine Street towards City Hall and an official welcome, Aug. 19, 1949. Seated in the car with him are Grover Whalen, chairman of the mayor's reception committee; Del Webb, co-owner of the Yankees; and Edward G. Barrow, former Yankees executive. In following car are Yankee players Joe DiMaggio and his young son Joe Jr., Charlie Silvera, Joe Page and Johnny Lindell. (AP Photo)
Four year old Kevin Currey made an appearance at today's parade for the N.L. Champions, all decked out in a Giant uniform cut to size. He caught the eye of Alvin Dark and Willie Mays and they scooped him up into their car during the big parade. A big day, indeed for Kevin and the champs. September 1954
Althea Gibson waves to acknowledge the cheers of crowd linin
09 Mar 1960 --- Original caption: Ice Queen Honored By Blizzard. New York: Confetti showers down on Carol Heiss, 20 year old ice skating champion, as she rides up lower Broadway during a ticker tape parade given in her honor. Miss Heiss has won her fifth successive World Championship, her fourth successive National Title, and her first Olympics Gold Medal since leaving her home in Ozone Park, Queens, in January. Upon her arrival at City Hall she received another trophy, the Medallion of the City of New York, presented by Mayor Robert Wagner. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Young Little Little Members Participating in Their Championship Parade
The New York Yankees ride in a motorcade of a ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan on October 19, 1978. New York City welcomed the team home as champions of the 75th World Series.
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 28: Thousands greet pitcher Ron Darling at New York Mets' parade as he arrives at City Hall.
Adam Graves (far left) and Captain Mark Messier (sunglasses)
SChicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa gestures from a float, between flags from the United States and the Dominican Republic, during a parade in his honor in New York Saturday Oct. 17, 1998. SA
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 05: (L-R) Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, Michael Strahan, and Eli Manning of the New York Giants ride in a float along Broadway, also known as "The Canyon of Heroes" during Super Bowl XLII victory parade in New York City.
British Open champion Bobby Jones is welcomed to New York on July 2, 1930.
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See 13 Historic Parades for Star Athletes

Jul 10, 2015

The stretch of lower Broadway in New York City that's known as the Canyon of Heroes has seen celebrations for dignitaries, aviators and even a pianist. And, in the more than a century that the city has thus feted the famous, it's also seen its share of the best athletes in the world. The tradition started with the 1924 U.S. Olympic team, upon their return from the games in Paris—and it continues on Friday with a parade for the U.S. Women's World Cup soccer team. Here's a look at some of those who came before.

Read more: A Brief History of Ticker-Tape Parades

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