He’s known as the Confetti King of Lower Manhattan.
Joe Timpone, the Downtown Alliance’s Vice President for Operations, has taken part in dozens of parades in his more than 30 years with the city’s Sanitation Department and during his tenure with the Downtown Alliance.
He dispatches more than 100 sanitation and safety workers around the neighborhood on the day of the parade. He says it takes weeks to cleanup because paper strips are often collected on ledges above and await a strong wind gust to disrupt their nests. And, he’s even ridden on a float in one parade.
Today, he jumps into action, organizing the creation of a ton of confetti – not the obsolete ticker tape – to distribute to 20 of the biggest buildings along the Canyon of Heroes. We spent some time with Joe to get details on his parade prep.