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Parade not up to Standards


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February 08, 2008


Anyone out at Tuesday's parade for the Giants could tell you that spirits were every bit as high as previous celebrations along the Canyon of Heroes, but it was hardly the shower of paper we've seen in the past.


The Sanitation Department tells the New York Times it collected 36 tons of paper following the team's victory parade. That's compared to nearly 47 tons during the city's last parade for the Yankees in 2000, and merely a drop in the bucket compared to the 5,400 tons dropped in 1945 to celebrate the Allied victory over Japan.


A former sanitation worker known as the "Confetti King" tells the Times modern office buildings with windows that don't open may be partly to blame, as well as the fact that ticker tape itself isn't used any more.


Ticker tape machines were used in the late 19th century and into the 20th to transmit stock numbers before tha advent of computers.


I thought there was less "ticker tape" then the two other parades that I remember.

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