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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Honored With New York City Parade And City Hall Ceremony

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team – which defeated Japan to win the 2015 World Cup – will be celebrated on Friday with a ticker-tape Parade through Manhattan's "Canyon of Heroes." BuzzFeed News reporters Lindsey Adler, Austin Hunt, Tamerra Griffin and Rawan Eewshah are reporting from the celebration.

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Why We're Celebrating

  • The U.S. women's soccer team won the World Cup this past weekend, defeating Japan 5-2.
  • It's the team's third World Cup win.
  • On Friday, the team got a rare ticker-tape parade through lower Manhattan's "Canyon of Heroes," from its southernmost point at the Battery to City Hall.
  • The parades are historically reserved for victorious sports teams, heads of state, and national milestones – like the one in 1969 when the Apollo 11 astronauts returned from the moon. It's named after the days when brokers would toss stock ticker paper onto the crowd from their high buildings.
  • The Women's Team has been on a victory lap this week. They were in a rally on Tuesday in Los Angeles and they've been invited to the White House.
  • This is the first time in New York City history that a woman's-only sports team has been celebrated with a ticker-tape parade.

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Mayor de Blasio opened the ceremony asking the crowd "Are you ready to party?" Then went on to applaud the women's soccer team for being the first women's sports team to get a parade down the "Canyon of Heroes."

NYC Mayor: "When they brought home that trophy, they also brought home a message...the power of women, and the strength of women" #USWNT

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Today’s historic ticker tape parade is the first to honor a women’s sports team. #USWNTParade

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Gloria Steinem has a front row seat at City Hall to cheer on the team.

Gloria Steinem is sitting front row at City Hall for the USWNT ceremony.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray rode one of the floats, here's a picture of them earlier this morning with Hope Solo.

Honored to meet Mayor @DeBlasioNYC and First Lady @Chirlane this morning!

The mayor posted this vine of his "extraordinary view."

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The NYPD marching band kicked things off playing songs including "God Bless America" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy" to crowds cheering "USA, USA, USA."

Parade for women's World Cup winning team starts on Broadway's canyon of heroes with nypd band

The FDNY color guard leads the way for the ticker-tape parade.

The color guard leads the way in the #USWNTParade. Watch #NYC as @ussoccer_wnt & #FDNY will #WinItAll here too!

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Oh hey big 🍎! You ready? 'Cause we are! #USWNTParade #BestFansInTheWorld

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Yum! Three-tier soccer-themed cake awaits the team at City Hall.

This is happening at City Hall. Thanks @JoeEspoNYC! #USWNT #USWNTparade

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The team is on the way:

See you soon NYC! #BestFansInTheWorld #USWNTparade

If you're in NYC for the #USWNTparade, keep an eye out for this float. #hint #hint

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The floats in lower Manhattan are ready to go. The parade is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and will travel up the "Canyon of Heroes" along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall.

The floats are ready and waiting for you, @ussoccer_wnt! #USWNT https://t.co/jRJrGmjL38