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New York - Confetti Flies On Broadway As New York Fetes U.S. Women's Soccer Team

Published on: July 10, 2019 10:57 AM
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New York - Amid confetti and chants of “equal pay,” New York honored the U.S. women’s soccer team on Wednesday with a ticker-tape parade down the “Canyon of Heroes,” celebrating its World Cup triumph and paying tribute to the players’ emergence as icons of women’s rights.

The squad’s 2-0 win over Netherlands in the final match on Sunday capped a World Cup campaign that attracted vast television audiences and unprecedented public interest.

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Wednesday’s parade down Broadway in New York’s financial district also cast a light on the team’s fight for equal pay with their counterparts on the U.S. men’s national team, and by extension, the issue of equal pay for equal work for women in general.

As the parade kicked off, families pressed up again the metal police barriers, eager to catch a glimpse of players like Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, the tournament’s top scorer and an outspoken team leader, as they rode on open floats along the parade route.

“They shouldn’t have to win a title to get paid the right amount,” said Jessica Hicks, a New Jersey teacher who was watching the parade with her 14-year-old daughter Aria.

Olivia Ciampi, 15, of Rockaway, Queens, who joined the throng with her mother, agreed equal pay for the team was long overdue.

“They work so hard and they win so many titles and they really do so much and they deserve it,” she said.

At ticker-tape parade celebrating the world champion u.s. women's soccer team, governor cuomo signs pay equity legislation to close the gender wage gapAt ticker-tape parade celebrating the world champion u.s. women's soccer team, governor cuomo signs pay equity legislation to close the gender wage gap

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took it a step further, telling a press conference that if pay is based on performance, the women’s team should be better compensated than the men’s.

“They play the same game that men soccer players play. By the way, they play it better, with better results,” Cuomo said.

“If there’s any economic rationale, the men should get paid less than the women. Let’s be honest!”

In March, all 28 players on the women’s team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, demanding their compensation equal that of their male counterparts.

“The level of interest and excitement is much higher from four years ago,” said Jessica Lappin, president of the parade’s organizers, Alliance of Downtown New York, referring to the 2015 parade for the team after its last World Cup victory. “That’s partly because they’re women’s rights icons now.”

The parade route is up Broadway through the heart of Manhattan’s financial district, from Battery Park to City Hall, a path dubbed “the Canyon of Heroes.”

At the end of the route, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians will pay tribute to the team, while some of the players are likely to address the crowd.

Past honorees have included John F. Kennedy after his nomination as Democratic presidential candidate; Neil Armstrong and other Apollo 11 astronauts after their mission to the moon; and Queen Elizabeth II.

In recent decades, the city has hosted a much smaller number of parades and most of them have honored championship sports teams, including the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

Despite the name, today’s “ticker tape” parades are missing the real stuff - the ubiquitous strips of paper that ran through stock tickers that once provided price quotes for Wall Street traders.

Instead of ticker tape, about a ton of confetti made from shredded paper, tossed from about 20 buildings, rained down on the team as they ride in open vehicles up Broadway, according to the Alliance of Downtown New York. Unlike in years past, most of the office towers along the route lack windows that can open.

Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Fans of the U.S. team during the parade as police look on  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Fans of the U.S. team during the parade as police look on (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Fans of the U.S. team during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Fans of the U.S. team during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Fans and players of the U.S. team during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Fans and players of the U.S. team during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Megan Rapinoe of the U.S celebrates with trophy during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Megan Rapinoe of the U.S celebrates with trophy during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Jul 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; United States forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates with the trophy during the Women's World Cup championship parade and celebration for the U.S. Women's National Team at Canyon of Heroes. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY SportsJul 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; United States forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates with the trophy during the Women’s World Cup championship parade and celebration for the U.S. Women’s National Team at Canyon of Heroes. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Megan Rapinoe and team mates of the U.S. with the trophy during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Megan Rapinoe and team mates of the U.S. with the trophy during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. with the trophy during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. with the trophy during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Megan Rapinoe, Alyssa Naeher, Allie Long and Becky Sauerbrunn of the U.S. with the trophy during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Megan Rapinoe, Alyssa Naeher, Allie Long and Becky Sauerbrunn of the U.S. with the trophy during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Megan Rapinoe and Ashlyn Harris of the U.S. during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Megan Rapinoe and Ashlyn Harris of the U.S. during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Fans of the U.S. during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Fans of the U.S. during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Fans of the U.S. during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Fans of the U.S. during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 A fan displays a sign during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 A fan displays a sign during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 U.S team during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 U.S team during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Alex Morgan of the U.S team celebrates during the parade  (Credit: REUTERS)Soccer Football - Women’s World Cup Champions Parade - New York, United States - July 10, 2019 Alex Morgan of the U.S team celebrates during the parade (Credit: REUTERS)


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 Jul 10, 2019 at 11:01 AM Anonymous Says:

And what is the cost to taxpayers ????

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 11:59 AM shimonyehuda Says:

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Anonymous Says:

And what is the cost to taxpayers ????

less then Trumps Fourth of July!

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 01:31 PM Phineas Says:

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Anonymous Says:

And what is the cost to taxpayers ????

The parade, which attracted tens of thousands of revelers and cost the city an estimated $1.5 million, was New York’s first to honor a women’s team. It also marked the first time New York celebrated a group of national athletes with a ticker-tape parade since 1984, when the medal winners at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles were feted. According to the mayor’s office, New York City has hosted 206 parades along the Canyon of Heroes since the first one to celebrate the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 02:18 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

no liberals complaining about horoning some women (many attracted to other women) who kick a ball, and this was done in 2015, but when Trump honors Americas actual heroes the liberals all go nuts.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 03:26 PM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

no liberals complaining about horoning some women (many attracted to other women) who kick a ball, and this was done in 2015, but when Trump honors Americas actual heroes the liberals all go nuts.

What is it your blasted business if some of those women are attracted to other women? What did that have to do with them winning the World Soccer Cup for the USA?

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 05:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Women in America don't need to be treated like arab or shtetl cattle. They can go to college, own a business, play sports andmarry any consenting adult they want to. The medieval times are over, except in a few dreary neighborhoods that have chattel for daughters.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 05:53 PM hashomer Says:

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Phineas Says:

The parade, which attracted tens of thousands of revelers and cost the city an estimated $1.5 million, was New York’s first to honor a women’s team. It also marked the first time New York celebrated a group of national athletes with a ticker-tape parade since 1984, when the medal winners at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles were feted. According to the mayor’s office, New York City has hosted 206 parades along the Canyon of Heroes since the first one to celebrate the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.

Phinny- The 2015 USA WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM WON THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.. They got a huge tickertape parade in NYC. They then had a smaller parade thru Monsey.

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 06:37 AM Greener Says:

All the women playing in the NFL should certainly be paid as much as their male team-mates

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 11:48 AM Anonymous Says:

These women want to get paid the same much as the men's team even though they generate so much less revenue and get a larger share of that revenue in 2018 the men's cup generated over $6 billion of which the team's got $400 million or about 7% while in 2019 the women's cup generated only about $130 million of which the teams got $30 million or about 23% so the pay gap does exist the men get a lesser share of revenue even though they are so much better then the women as seen in 2017 when the national womens team lost 5-2 to a high school boys team.

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