New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office announced Tuesday that the city will hold a ticker-tape parade for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team on Friday.
The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Battery in lower Manhattan, then head up the the Canyon of Heroes before concluding with a ceremony at City Hall for a limited number of people.
The history of ticker-tape parades in New York City extends back to 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was unveiled. There have been a total of 206 ticker-tape parades in the city, the most recent in February 2012 when the New York Giants won the 46th Super Bowl.
The celebrations are named after the material once used as a recording medium for tape machines but that doubles as a type of confetti during parades.
While individual female athletes (like Gertrude Ederle, who successfully swam across the English Channel in 1926) have been honored with parades in the past, the event on Friday appears to be the first for a women's team.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to the mayor's office for confirmation.
Team USA made history and broke records on Sunday when they toppled Japan 5–2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup final match in Vancouver. They also became the only women's soccer team to win three World Cup championships.
United States co-captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd set a record in the match for scoring the fastest hat trick — three goals in a single match — in World Cup history. Lloyd finished the tournament with two awards: the Silver Boot and Golden Ball, given to the top scorer and best all-around player in the games.
American goalkeeper Hope Solo also walked away with an additional trophy, the Golden Glove, which is given to the best keeper in the tournament. The United States defense, collectively, tied Germany for the most minutes played without conceding a goal at 540.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to the USWNT for further comment.
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