New York City will hold a ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan honoring the U.S. women's national team on Friday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.
The U.S. won its first World Cup since 1999 by defeating Japan 5–2 during Sunday's final. The game averaged 25.4 viewers in America, shattering the record for most-viewed soccer game ever in the country.
The USWNT will parade down the The Canyon Of Heroes, a route that goes along Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall. A map of the route can be found here.
There will then be a limited access ceremony at City Hall upon the conclusion of the parade.
Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer had called for de Blasio to hold a ticker tape parade for the team, sending a letter to the mayor and starting a Change.org petition on Monday. A spokeswoman for de Blasio said Monday that the city was working on organizing a parade.
In her letter to de Blasio, Brewer noted that the city “has never held a parade to honor a women’s team.”
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.
- Molly Geary