NEW YORK (AP) – The confetti will be flying when the city holds a parade for the U.S. women's soccer team to celebrate its World Cup victory.
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.
The team defeated Japan 5-2 on Sunday in Canada to win the World Cup. The women were feted at a rally in Los Angeles and have been invited to the White House.
The New York Yankees have gotten parades when they've won the World Series, and the New York Giants have been celebrated when they've won the Super Bowl, most recently in 2012.
Even though the women's soccer team is a national team and not a local one, the outcry to honor the players with a parade had been fervent. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer had written to de Blasio, saying the women were excellent examples and it was a good opportunity to honor a women's team.
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 The tape has been replaced by paper confetti.