The United States are getting their very own ticker tape parade. New York mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the World Cup champions will get their own celebration down the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan at 11 a.m. on Friday.
That the U.S. are getting a parade in New York is no small feet. With costs reaching $1.5 million, not to mention sizable traffic concerns, ticker tape parades have been restricted to New York-area based teams for more than three decades. The last time a team from outside the metropolitan area was given a ticker tape parade was back in 1984, when the Olympic gold medal athletes from that year's Games were celebrated.
The U.S. won the World Cup in Vancouver on Sunday and returned to the States on Monday. They were given a rally in Los Angeles on Tuesday, where an estimated 10,000 people showed up to cheer on their victory. Now they're going across the country to the nation's media capital and to the area where many of the team's players are from. Tobin Heath, Heather O'Reilly, Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd are all from New York or New Jersey, making Friday's parade especially special for them.