NEW YORK (AP) — The city is talking to the U.S. women’s soccer team about the possibility of a parade following its World Cup victory.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary said Monday the administration congratulated the team “on its tremendous achievement and is currently exploring logistics and talking with the team and other partners about a possible ticker-tape parade.”
The U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 on Sunday in Canada to win the World Cup.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer had written to de Blasio suggesting the women be honored with a parade in lower Manhattan. In her letter, she said the team “set an amazing example for athletes across our great nation” and pointed out that there has never been a parade honoring a women’s team.
“Our newest soccer champions represent an opportunity for New York to recognize that heroes and role models come in all genders,” she said.
The team is being honored with a rally in Los Angeles on Tuesday. It’s also expected to make a visit to the White House.
The route along Broadway is known as the Canyon of Heroes. Among those honored with parades have been the New York Yankees when they’ve won the World Series and the New York Giants when they’ve won the Super Bowl, most recently in 2012.
The events have been known as ticker-tape parades, from the ticker tape that was showered down upon those being celebrated from people in the nearby buildings. The ticker tape has been replaced by paper confetti.