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USWNT set to be first women’s team to get ticker-tape parade in New York (updated)

(Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Update, 8:30 p.m.: Yes, there will be a ticker-tape parade for the USWNT. From an Associated Press report:

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced Tuesday that the parade has been scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. in lower Manhattan, along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall, known as the Canyon of Heroes. The celebration will include a program at City Hall.

From a report by NBC New York:

The last female athlete to earn the honor of the confetti shower was Olympic figure skating gold medalist Carol Heiss Jenkins in 1960, according to the Alliance for Downtown New York. Jenkins told The Wall Street Journal Tuesday that she wanted to see the women’s soccer team celebrate in a similar manner. The U.S. women’s team would be the first female sports team to earn the honor.


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Will the U.S. women’s soccer team get a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes in New York after their World Cup championship? Maybe, according to both NBC New York and Josh Dawsey of the Wall Street Journal:

It’s an honor usually reserved for the city’s championship pro-sports teams, but others have gotten parades in the past, including the 1984 U.S. Olympians and, um, Sammy Sosa in 1998. The USWNT seems just as worthy as either of those two.

In any case, Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer has called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to hold the parade and has started a petition to get it off the ground. As of around 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday it had a little more than 1,000 signatures.

According to the New York Observer, de Blasio is on vacation with his family until Wednesday but he’s “been in conversations with both the victorious players and with city leaders about a possible confetti-covered cavalcade in lower Manhattan.”

“The mayor’s office congratulates the US Women’s World Cup Championship team on its tremendous achievement, and is currently exploring logistics and talking with the team and other partners about a possible ticker tape parade,” spokeswoman Karen Hinton told the Observer.