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Ticker-tape parade Friday for World Cup women in Canyon of Heroes

GMA’s Robin Roberts will emcee City Hall ceremony; ticket lottery is online today, 2 to 4 p.m.

The World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Team is coming to New York Friday for a triumphant parade up Lower Manhattan’s storied Canyon of Heroes.

|<image-caption><p>Robin Roberts is emcee of parade and City Hall tickets-only post-parade event.</p>|Reuters

“The people have spoken & they want a ticker tape parade to celebrate,” the city’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray said as she and Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted the news Tuesday.

The parade will go up Broadway starting at 11 a.m. on Friday and will end at City Hall, where Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts will emcee a tickets-only rally.

Fans can enter a special lottery for the tickets Wednesday, between 2 and 4 p.m. only at the City Hall parade web page .

The idea for the parade was championed by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

“I can think of no better way to honor these amazing athletes than by hosting a ticker-tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan,” Brewer wrote de Blasio Monday.

“New York City has a strong history of honoring sports achievements in the Canyon of Heroes, but has never held a parade to honor a women’s team.”

After City Hall announced that the parade was a go, Brewer tweeted: “GOOOOOAAAAAL! Ticker-tape parade at 11am Friday for @ussoccer_wnt ! See you at the ‘Canyon of Heroines!’”

The U.S. women beat Japan 5-2 Sunday in Vancouver .

They were feted Tuesday at a massive rally in Los Angeles.

"Every day it feels great to wake up as a world champion," Carli Lloyd, who scored three of Sunday’s five goals, told the crowd. "And that feeling won't get old. We're going to have to bring it home four years from now, another World Cup."

When the women heard they were getting a parade in New York, they were overjoyed.

“Looks like we now are headed to NYC!! Very humbled by this,” tweeted team forward Abby Wambach with the hashtag #TheCelebrationContinues.

"NYC we will see you Friday!” #WorldChamps," forward Alex Morgan crowed.

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter@nyc_oz.
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