Manhattan Borough President calls for parade to celebrate World Cup win
Brewer: “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.”
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wants Manhattan to celebrate the Women’s World Cup win with a historic ticker-tape parade.
The U.S. women beat Japan 5-2 on Sunday night in Vancouver. The U.S. women won the World Cup in 1999 and 1991, and has more titles than any other country in the world.
“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 in a letter sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday. The Canyon of Heroes stretches from the battery up to City Hall along Broadway.
“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,” Brewer wrote.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office did not immediately respond for a request to comment.
The first ticker-tape parade was held in 1886 to celebrate the Statue of Liberty’s dedication, according to statistics from the Downtown Alliance provided by the borough president’s office.Since then, 205 parades have celebrated visiting heads of state, troops returning home from overseas wars and sporting wins.
The last parade in 2012 celebrated the New York Giants’ Super Bowl win.
Parades in the 1920s and 1930s celebrated first-woman accomplishments, including Amelia Earhart’s transatlantic flight and Gertrude Ederle, the first woman who swam the English Channel.