The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will be honored with a ticker-tape parade on Friday to celebrate their recent World Cup championship. On the heels of a growing petition and entreaties from the Manhattan Borough President and others, Mayor de Blasio’s office announced today that the parade will kick off at 11 a.m. on July 10th. The parade will start near the World Trade Center and continue down Broadway and the famous “Canyon Of Heroes” between the Battery and City Hall. According to the Mayor’s office, “all are invited to celebrate along the parade route highlighted on the map below, and there are limited places available for those who would like the chance to attend the ceremony at City Hall upon the conclusion of the parade.”
This will be the first-ever ticker-tape parade for a women’s team. The last solo female so honored was 55 years ago after figure skater Carol Heiss took the gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics. New York City’s first ticker-tape parade, a spontaneous event, took place in 1886 for the dedication of the Statue Of Liberty. Stock ticker machines became obsolete in the 60s and while the “ticker-tape parade” name survives, shredded office paper and commercial confetti is now thrown from office windows and rooftops. Friday’s will be the 206th such parade in New York City history. Wikipedia maintains a list all previous parades.