Dr. Hugo Eckener, a German pioneer of airships, and the crew of the Graf Zeppelin were honored with a ticker tape parade on October 16, 1928, for completing the first commercial flight across the Atlantic.
In honor of his first Antarctic expedition and flight over the South Pole, Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd was thrown a parade in 1930.
Amelia Earhart was given a ticker tape parade twice -- in 1928 when she became the first woman to complete a transatlantic flight and again in 1932 (pictured) when she became the first woman to complete the leg solo.
In 1936, gold medal winner Jesse Owens and other members of the U.S. Olympic team were thrown a parade upon their return from the Berlin games.
Then the Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline were celebrated in October, 1960. The following month, he would go on to win the presidential election.
A month after the parade for Kennedy, President Dwight Eisenhower and then Vice President (and Republican nominee) Richard Nixon were thrown their own celebration.
The crew of Apollo 11 -- Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins -- were thrown a ticker tape parade in 1969 in recognition of completing the first manned lunar landing. The Apollo 8 astronauts received similar recognition earlier the same year.
A man celebrates the U.S. hostages released after being held captive for 444 days in Iran. The group was thrown a parade in 1981.
The baseball team the New York Mets have had participated in three ticker tape parades. Twice they were celebrated for winning the World Series, while the other parade was when the team joined the National League. By contrast, the New York Yankees have been in parades seven times.
In recent years, most of New York's ticker tape parades have been in celebration of a sports team. Here, fans hold banners supporting New York Giants player Victor Cruz. The team won the Super Bowl in 2012.