USA Women’s Soccer Team Parades Down New York ‘Canyon of Heroes’

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USA Women’s Soccer Team Parades Down New York ‘Canyon of Heroes’
10 July 2015

The U.S. women's soccer team was honored today with a historic ticker-tape parade and City Hall ceremony in New York City following the team’s World Cup triumph.

The parade marked the first time a women’s sports team is receiving a ride down the city’s famed Canyon of Heroes.

"Let me tell you it's about time, isn't it?" Mayor Bill de Blasio said after the parade during a ceremony at City Hall. "You can see out there the love that the people of this city and the people of this country have for this team and what they mean to all of us."

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The festivities came after the team’s 5-2 victory on Sunday against Japan, securing the United States’ third World Cup title.

All 23 members of the team traveled through downtown Manhattan aboard 12 floats, heading up Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall, where de Blasio addressed the team and the crowd. The players were then handed keys to the city by the mayor during a ceremony hosted by ABC's Robin Roberts.

Abby Wambach, from Rochester, New York, thanked fans and said it was an honor to be a part of the parade.

“All of this for us started when we were little and we had a dream,” Wambach said, noting the team’s campaign to girls “#SheBelieves.” “In my opinion all the women believed in that dream and kept believing in that dream, not only from the time they were 5 or 10 but through the time we won the World Cup.”