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Manhattan ticker-tape parade planned for women's soccer team

The parade, along the Canyon of Heroes, will start at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Megan Rapinoe of the USA lifts the FIFA

Megan Rapinoe of the USA lifts the FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy following her team's victory in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Richard Heathcote

New York City will honor the U.S. Women's National Team with a ticker-tape parade Wednesday to celebrate their fourth Women's World Cup victory.

"On and off the field, this team represents what’s best about New York City and our nation," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement on Sunday after the team defeated the Netherlands 2-0. "The confidence, grit, and perseverance of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team serve as an inspiration to all who watch them."

Following the parade, de Blasio will present the team with keys to the city during a ceremony at City Hall. A limited number of tickets to the event were made available to the public on Monday. Tickets appeared to be sold out within minutes of when online registration opened at 2 p.m.

Here's what you need to know about the parade and ceremony.

When: Wednesday, at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Canyon of Heroes along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall

City Hall ceremony time: 10:30 a.m.

How to watch on TV or online: CBS, NBC and ABC will air special coverage on channels 2, 4 and 7, respectively. All three networks will also provide livestreaming on their digital platforms.

Updates: Notify NYC will provide updates on weather, road closures, traffic and other information about the parade to anyone who texts USACHAMPS to 692692 (NYCNYC).

Traffic and street closures: The NYPD has not yet put out a full list of street closures related to the parade, however, the mayor's office released some details on Monday.

  • Broadway between the Battery and City Hall (and the surrounding area) will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, per the city Department of Transportation.
  • No parking in the designated area will begin at midnight Wednesday. Cars left on "no parking" streets will be towed.
  • The Manhattan-bound Brooklyn Bridge exit at Centre Street will be closed during the parade. The Park Row entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge will also be closed. Motorists looking for access to the Brooklyn Bridge should use the Frankfort Street/Pearl Street entrance.
  • Deliveries will be restricted for all businesses and residences in the area beginning Tuesday at 10 p.m. Regular deliveries will resume after 5 p.m. Wednesday.
  • MTA bus routes in the area will be rerouted during the street closures. Entrances and exits to some nearby subway stations may be subject to closure during the parade.

History: Ticker tape, a one-inch-wide ribbon of paper on the "ticker" machine that recorded stock quotes, was invented in 1867. Office workers would throw them out skyscraper windows to create a dramatic swirling effect during public celebrations.

The city has hosted 206 parades along the Canyon of Heroes since the first one in 1886 celebrating the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, according to the Office of the Mayor, Alliance for Downtown New York.

The first such parade for champion athletes was held for the U.S. Olympic team in 1924.

Starting in 1919, the mayor of New York City has decided who receives a ticker-tape parade.

The most recent ticker-tape parade was held on July 10, 2015, for the U.S. Women's National Team after its Women's World Cup win.

Other ticker-tape parades held since 2000:

Oct. 30, 2000 for the New York Yankees, World Series champions

Feb. 5, 2008 for the New York Giants, Super Bowl XLII champions

Nov.  6, 2009 for the New York Yankees, World Series champions

Feb. 7, 2012 for the New York Giants, Super Bowl XLVI champions


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