The confetti poured down in streams. The fans cheered and chanted. And the U.S. Women’s National Team, who routed Japan, 5-2, in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, soaked up the scene as they thanked their fans by waving and lifting the trophy high above.
The team floated down Broadway and other sections of New York City in the first-ever New York ticker tape parade honoring a women’s team. It was also the first New York City ticker tape parade honoring any female athlete since figure skater Carol Heiss received the honor after winning the gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Megan Rapinoe and Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat trick against Japan in the first 16 minutes of the game, rode together on a float alongside New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio and his wife Chirlane.
The rest of the team waved to the onlookers on several other floats that followed behind the New York Police Department’s Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Corps.
“We can’t hear you! USA! USA! USA!” a police officer said through his squad car’s loudspeaker.
As the crowd responded in kind, many of the players captured the moment by taking selfies and videos of their own.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was on one of the floats, sent his congratulations to the team over social media.
Others also not in the parade route got involved, including Port Authority, which unfurled what it says is the largest free-flying American flag on the George Washington Bridge on Friday to honor the team.
The party began long before the parade, which kicked off at 11 a.m. ET and lasted about an hour.
Team USA spent the morning on the set of Good Morning America, where they got to meet the pop group Fifth Harmony and endured a rather bizarre group marriage proposal from Shaquille O’Neil.
Here are a few more snapshots from the scene.
And here’s more from the players.
USWNT celebrated more than their World Cup win during the parade, as well. On Friday, FIFA revised its rankings and the U.S. women regained the No. 1 spot.