Back Stories: WCBS’ Rich Lamb Comes Up With Gulf War Parade

WCBS 880's 50th Anniversary Takes A Look Back

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — On June 10, 1991, New York City held a ticker tape parade for the soldiers returning from the Gulf War.

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City Hall came up with the Desert Storm parade thanks to our very own Rich Lamb.

“When the war wrapped up — and it wrapped up really quickly — one day I thought to myself, ‘What is the greatest salute New York City can provide these troops when they come home? Of course, it’s a ticker tape parade,’” he recalls. And it occurred to me that nobody had even talked about it.”

Rich asked people at a bus stop what they thought of the idea, and they were absolutely enthusiastic.

His piece ran at 5 a.m., and City Hall was on board by 9 a.m.

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