The U.S. Women’s National Team has spent the week basking in their third FIFA World Cup win, and on Friday, they capped the celebration with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
Fans began lining up along Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway that has played host to champions of sport and society for more than a century, as early as 3:30 a.m. to get a good view of the action. And when the victory parade officially began rolling around 11 a.m., they shouted, danced and waved flags and signs at their heroes – the first women’s team to be honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York.
All 23 members of the USWNT were present and accounted for, riding on four of the parade’s 12 floats. Abby Wambach rode on one with Governor Andrew Cuomo. The World Cup’s most valuable player, Carli Lloyd, rode another with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who later celebrated the team in front of a reported 4,000 fans in a ceremony at City Hall as Queen’s “We Are The Champions” blared. There were streamers, marching bands, selfies and, of course, plenty of paper bits, tossed from buildings on both sides of the street and slowly fluttering through the air.
As if the team needed any more reason to celebrate Sunday’s 5-2 World Cup win over Japan – their first FIFA championship in 16 years – there’s this: According to rankings just released by soccer’s governing body, the U.S. Women are once again Number One in the world, overtaking Germany, which had held the spot since December.