World Cup Parade: Champagne, Confetti and Equal Pay

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It’s Thursday.

Weather: Partly sunny, but with rain and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon and evening. High near 83.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until Aug. 11.

Celebrities, champagne and tons (literally) of confetti. Oh, and soccer superstars.

Lower Manhattan turned into quite the party on Wednesday as thousands of fans lined up along Broadway to cheer the United States women’s national team and its World Cup title at a ticker-tape parade.

Joining the flag-waving soccer stars as they rode along the Canyon of Heroes were Mayor de Blasio and the first lady, Chirlane McCray; Governor Cuomo; the TV broadcaster Robin Roberts; and the president of U.S. Soccer, Carlos Cordeiro.

It wasn’t just celebration, though. The players, led by Megan Rapinoe, have used their winning platform to support several causes, and they were true to form yesterday.

One player had a sign that read “Parades are cool, equal play is cooler.” And afterward, at City Hall, Rapinoe delivered a memorable speech, highlighted by messages of both politics and pride — in her teammates and New York.

“This group is so resilient, is so tough, has such a sense of humor,” Rapinoe said. “There’s nothing that can faze this group.”

If you didn’t get a chance to join in the funfetti, check out more photos from the parade:

Thousands of fans and well-wishers filled the parade route, some hours early, to cheer and usher the champs along the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall.

Rapinoe, in red sunglasses, waved to the crowd alongside Mr. de Blasio and Ms. McCray. During her speech at City Hall, Rapinoe paused from the partying to offer a serious challenge to Americans:

“This is my charge to everyone: We have to be better, we have to love more and hate less. Listen more and talk less. It is our responsibility to make this world a better place.”

Once the parade ended, Broadway was covered in confetti, ticker tape and stray parade paraphernalia. The scene was a formidable — and familiar — challenge for the more than 350 sanitation workers responsible for returning the streets to normal in just a few hours.

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Governor Cuomo signed pay equity legislation at the World Cup parade. The move acts on the women’s soccer team’s vocal push for pay equity in sports. [ABC7]

Poison ivy is growing, and it’s all the MTA’s fault, some say. [Gothamist]

New York cyclists held a die-in at Washington Square Park to protest the recent spate of bike-related deaths. [AMNY]

Visit the National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan to learn how the kayak was invented by people of the Arctic thousands of years ago. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. [Free]

Live at the Archway in Brooklyn features musical acts, interactive art and a pop-up gallery, rain or shine. 5:30 p.m. [Free]

Dylan Hausthor, Zora J. Murff and Cécile Smetana, along with 22 other photographers, exhibit their work in Brooklyn’s annual Red Hook Labs for new artists. The gallery hosts an opening reception. 6 p.m. [Free]

— Vivian Ewing

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Did you know that every year, during the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola, hundreds of men stand shoulder to shoulder, back to front, to lift an elaborately decorated, four-ton, 72-foot-tall spire, known as a giglio, and dance it through the streets of Brooklyn?

It’s a 116-year-old tradition in Williamsburg, the once-predominantly Italian neighborhood. Joining the lifting team — the paranza — had been a sacred and exclusive rite of passage, passed down from father to son.

But in a neighborhood that has been drastically reshaped, organizers of the feast said they needed new ways to preserve the tradition, known as the giglio lift, in the face of gentrification.

So this year, for the first time, church organizers issued an open invitation to outsiders.

“This feast really captivates people,” said John Perrone, an organizer, adding: “The goal was, you know, ‘We’re hitting 116. Can we do another 100?”

Since putting out the word that new lifters were welcome, 80 additional volunteers have registered with feast organizers, Mr. Perrone said.

“Can we as the younger generation of this feast pass this along?” he asked. “And that’s what we’re doing now. We’re opening the books and saying all are welcome. Join us.” — Derek M. Norman

Dear Diary:

I was 19, fresh from my tiny hometown in rural Nova Scotia, visiting New York on my own for the first time.

While I was walking through Madison Square Park early one morning, I saw a young man with a bulldog coming toward me on the path.

Naïve and intimidated by the young man’s tattoos and grim expression, I kept my eyes on the ground as he got closer.

The bulldog sneezed.

“Bless you,” the young man said quietly.

— Emily DeWolfe

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