Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer has called for mayor Bill de Blasio to hold a ticker tape parade in Lower Manhattan honoring the United States women's national team for their World Cup victory.
A spokeswoman for the mayor told Josh Dawsey of the Wall Street Journal that the city is working on organizing a parade.
“With their thrilling 5-2 victory over Japan to claim the 2015 Women’s World Cup title, the US Women’s National Team set an amazing example for athletes across our great nation,” Brewer wrote in a letter to de Blasio. “I can think of no better way to honor these amazing athletes than by hosting a ticker-tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan.
“New York City has a strong history of honoring sports achievements in the Canyon of Heroes, but has never held a parade to honor a women’s team. Our newest soccer champions represent an opportunity for New York to recognize that heroes and role models come in all genders, and I hope you will work with me to make this parade a reality.”
Brewer has also started a Change.org petition in hopes of having the team honored with a parade.
Downtown ticker tape parades are typically held whenever a New York team wins a championship, but have also been held for other sports figures and world dignitaries. Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa was honored with a parade after tying the single-season home run record in 1998 and the city also held a parade for the American medal winners at the 1984 Olympics.
- Dan Gartland