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Shower of thanks

“Hometown Heroes” ticker tape parade
New York Teacher
Shower of thanks
Erica Berger

Ticker tape rains down on Federation of Nurses/UFT members on the union’s float.

Shower of thanks
Rica Berger

Cynthia Bennett (far right), the School Nurses Chapter leader, waves as the float heads up Broadway.

UFT members and other frontline workers were showered with confetti on July 7 at a “Hometown Heroes” parade celebrating them for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the largest ticker-tape parades in New York City history, the event featured 14 floats representing 260 different groups of essential workers, including nurses, doctors, first responders, educators and transit workers. Over the past 125 years, the city has held such parades for returning soldiers, astronauts and championship sports teams. The Hometown Heroes parade proceeded from Battery Park north along the traditional parade route through the Canyon of Heroes. The “Caring For Our Kids” float featured UFT President Michael Mulgrew, Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter, and UFT members and officers. For more photos, see the gallery at