NEW YORK -- The 23 heroines of the US Women's National Team rode up the Canyon of Heroes Friday morning to celebrate their World Cup win.
This victory parade comes after USA defeated Japan 5-2 in Vancouver at Sunday's final game. The team was carried on several floats along with Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife. They were welcomed along Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall with ticker tape and tons of confetti.
Awaiting the team at City Hall were 3,500 supporters, the mayor, Robin Roberts and big names of US soccer. Each woman received her own golden key to the city.
In the past, popes, kings, queen, astronauts, and veterans have received similar treatment. For the thousands of fans and spectators that lined the way, they were witnessing history. Friday's was the 206th ticker tape parade ever held in the city, and the first to honor a women's sports team.
The last time there was a ticker tape parade held for a US woman was in 1960, for Queens-native and figure skating champion Carol Heiss.