Women’s World Cup Victory Parade: Live Updates From New York
The U.S. women’s soccer team is being celebrated with a ticker-tape parade. Follow the route through the Canyon of Heroes, and stay tuned for updates along the way.
The United States’ victorious women’s national soccer team rolled up Broadway on Wednesday, cheered by thousands. The team, , on Sunday in the Women’s World Cup final in Lyon, France, is heading up the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall.
The parade is being televised on the local networks in New York; on Fox Sports 2 and ESPNU nationally; and streaming on the ESPN app. It will be followed by a ceremony at City Hall at 10:30 a.m. hosted by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Bagpipers, motorcyclists and rows of police officers joined the floats of soccer stars in the parade. Mayor de Blasio waved an American flag surrounded by members of the team wearing black “world champion” shirts and their winners’ medals. Governor Andrew Cuomo was on a separate players’ float.
Megan Rapinoe, on Tuesday night, said she and teammates wanted to celebrate their title in part by talking to leaders in Congress and elsewhere about the issues they’ve been vocal about throughout their run. She said she was not interested, however, in going to the White House, because she didn’t want President Trump to piggyback on their platform.
“Your message is excluding people,” Rapinoe said when asked if she had a message for Trump. “You’re excluding me, you’re excluding people that look like me, you’re excluding Americans that maybe support you.”
One of those issues is equal pay; the players object that the American men’s team is paid more, though its performances are significantly weaker.
The Canyon of Heroes has been used to celebrate many people and events, including the Apollo 11 astronauts and the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge. This is the second time the women’s national team has received the honor; the was also feted, a first for a women’s team.
It has been a nonstop party for the team since their victory. flowed in the locker room, and celebrations have continued in the streets of France, on planes and buses, and now back in the United States. The players arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday and made the . “Let’s keep this party going,” the team tweeted.