Thrill of victory

New York City celebrates U.S. Women’s Soccer Team in style with ticker-tape parade

The Women’s World Cup champs were feted in the Canyon of Heroes on Friday

Champions! Members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team experienced the thrill of victory all over again Friday as they rode through the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan while the city, led by Mayor Bill de Blasio, dumped confetti and cheered their historic victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup Final.

It’s the first time in 30 years New York City has hosted a parade for a team that does not hail from the Big Apple. There have been 205 ticker tape parades prior to this one; the first was in 1886 to welcome the Statue of Liberty. The last female athlete to have a ticker-tape parade thrown in her honor was Carole Heiss Jenkins, a gold medalist figure skater at the 1960 Olympics. Jenkins, now 75, spoke out in support of the women’s soccer team earlier this week, and recalled her experience in the Canyon of Heroes 55 years ago. “You look up at the buildings, and people are just hanging out of the offices of these high buildings and cheering,” she told The Wall Street Journal.

Indeed, that’s just what happened on Friday, when the weather was perfect and spirits were high.

Above are some news photos from the event. And below is a look at some interesting perspectives on the parade that turned up on social media — including several epic selfies. And far north of the parade route, the George Washington Bridge, which connects New Jersey with New York City, featured its own tribute.

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