How to Watch the Women’s World Cup Parade
- by NewYorkTimes
- July 10, 2019
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The homeland hurrahs begin today for the World Cup champion United States women’s national soccer team as New York hosts a celebratory ticker-tape parade.
The parade, New York’s 207th with ticker tape, will welcome back a women’s team that had “the swagger of pop stars and the inevitability of a freight train,” according to The Times’s Andrew Keh.
Led by Megan Rapinoe, the de facto face of women’s soccer, the American team stood up for equal pay for women in sports and gay and human rights while drawing the ire of both soccer critics and President Trump for its brand of unapologetic, triumphant bravado.
“The women’s team reminded us what it means to talk the talk and walk the walk,” Lauren Peace wrote in an Opinion piece.
America, the champs — your champs — are here.
Here’s what you need to know about the big celebrations:
Watching from afar
Local outlets including ABC 7, Fox 5 and NBC New York are expected to broadcast the parade on TV as well.
Where and when
Kicking off at 9:30 a.m. from the Battery, the team will begin its procession uptown along the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway between Battery Park and City Hall, according to the mayor’s office.
After the parade, at 10:30 a.m., Mayor de Blasio will host a ceremony at City Hall.
There’s a whole slew of subway options for getting to the parade, but some exits and entrances at most stations nearby will be closed, including: Wall Street, Bowling Green, Fulton Street, Chambers Street, Park Place and the World Trade Center station.
Also, the R and W trains will skip City Hall in both directions beginning at 8:30 a.m.
If you’re thinking of driving, you may want to think again. The police will begin closing streets on Broadway and the surrounding area around 6 a.m. The Brooklyn Bridge’s Centre Street exit will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. as well.
What to expect
Ticker-tape parades (named for the strips of paper that once ran through stock ticker machines) have been held in Manhattan for over 100 years in celebration of monumental events like the return of the Apollo 11 crew and Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight, the welcoming of foreign royals and dignitaries and American sporting champions.
But each parade is $$$.
Since office workers don’t throw ticker tape from their windows anymore, the city distributes bags and bags of ticker tape, confetti and other paper to dozens of buildings in the area for tossing down on the parade. Then someone has to pick it all up afterward.
The 2015 parade for the last Women’s World Cup win cost the city nearly $1.5 million. Private sponsors chipped in another $450,000.
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One day about 20 years ago, not long after I moved to the Upper West Side, I was crossing Broadway at 70th Street. I was working as an educator at the time and I was dressed in professional clothing.
I was stopped by a young man.
“You dress just like my father,” he said. “Tweed jacket, tweed cap and a tie.”
“Really,” I said. “That’s nice.”
A day or two later, the same young man stopped me again.
“You really look like my father,” he said.
I realized that something important was going on in this young man’s mind.
“You really loved your father?” I said.
“I surely did,” he said.
“He surely must have loved you,” I said.
I turned to go about my business.
“Thank you, Dad,” the young man said.
— Arthur Tenenholtz
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