LOWER MANHATTAN -- Is it a victory parade or a soccer parade? The ticker tape parade is a chance for New Yorkers to show their love for the World Cup champion U.S. women's national soccer team. But there may be some unwanted guests.
The New York City Football Club, the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer were each slated to have separate floats in the ticker tape parade, but some fans want to know who asked these groups to participate in a day that supposed to be for the ladies.
Outrage accompanied the announcement that men's soccer teams would be participating in the parade.
"I think it should be just women," Denise Harris of Harlem told PIX 11 News. "You don't seen women's teams when the men have a ticker tape parade."
But soon after came what appeared to be an about-face by the NYCFC.
We "will share a float with the Red Bulls and we have given our places on the gloat to 5 young women from our Light Rail (our youth supporters' club), 3 members of the Blue Ladies (our female supporters' club) and 2 Season Ticket Holders," the club said in a statement. "This is a great chance for our fans to help celebrate the achievement of our World Cup Winning U.S. Women's National Soccer Team."
The New York Cosmos soccer team declined the invitation out of respect for the women's accomplishment.
Words first broke of the unexpected participation of NYCFC, Red Bull and MLS on Twitter with the mention of a "citizens" program to bid for a pair of spots on the float.
It's likely due to money and sponsorship that the men were invited to participate, with the goal being to put less of a financial burden on tax payers to make the parade happen.
We reached out to City Hall and the U.S. Soccer Federation to see who decide who gets a float. Still, no answers. But some fans say it's OK to include the men.
"They can celebrate the women as well," said Edward Alvarez, a White Plains resident. "Men can participate. One has nothing to do with the other."