New York will hold a grand parade on July 7 in honor of key workers in the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will take place at the south end of Broadway in Manhattan, also called the

Canyon of Heroes


The parade will pay tribute to caregivers, municipal employees, teachers, employees of the public transport authority, staff of grocery stores and supermarkets and delivery men, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.

It's about celebrating “the people who kept us alive, who made this city move forward despite everything,” said Bill de Blasio.

The parade, a New York tradition

The mayor called these essential workers “heroes […] often forgotten”.

The announcement comes as 64.8% of adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine in New York City.

Since the start of the pandemic, the American city has seen more than 33,000 deaths linked to the virus.

“The year we have been through has seen the biggest crisis in New York history,” said Bill de Blasio.

We got knocked down, but we got up, and that's something to be celebrated.


The first such parade in New York dates back to 1886, for the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty.

At the time, as the parade passed on Wall Street, financiers threw slips of paper with stock prices written down the windows.

What then looked like a shower of confetti has since become a tradition for subsequent parades.


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