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U-S-A! 17 Heartwarming Photos from the U.S. Women’s Soccer Ticker-Tape Parade

On July 10, a boisterous ticker-tape parade—the first ever to honor an all-women's sports team—wound through New York City's Canyon of Heroes to celebrate the U.S. women's soccer team winning its third World Cup title. Reader's Digest met just a few of the thousands of fans who showed up with clear eyes and full hearts.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, wave from a float with team members Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd.

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“When our [soccer] team wins, we go out for a pizza party,” says Allison Brockman, 9. “They dance around and do cartwheels,” adds her mother, Jennifer Brockman.

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“It’s not every year you get to see a parade like this,” says Rich Greco, 24, of Roosevelt Park, New Jersey (far right). “I’m here to hang out with my friends and cheer for the USA!”

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Taylor Albertson, 22, and Kristin Tullo, 29, both of New York City, throw up a No. 1 sign.

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“I want to play for the U.S. team when I get older,” says Jasmyn Jordan, 15, of Brooklyn, New York. “I’ve been playing soccer since I was five, and I have to thank my dad for that—he’s the one that made me start playing.”

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“We live soccer. We breathe soccer. That’s what we do,” says Basil Williams, 49, of Trinidad (left).

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Confetti fashioned from scraps of white paper tumbles from windows overlooking the Canyon of Heroes. 

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“I was FaceTiming my friend and I just started to scream,” says Danielle Waterman, 15, of Brooklyn, New York, marveling over the first three goals of the women’s final game against Japan.

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“He happened to have these American flag leggings, and it was too good to pass up,” says Maya Misra, 24, struggling to hoist up 21-month-old Henry, whom she babysits. “It’s hard to keep him upright!”

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“I feel like when you see someone score a goal, you see how happy they are,” says Adel Alaiev, 17, of Flushing, New York (left). “I love seeing someone so passionate about something.”

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“It’s really kind of special for Abby [Wambach],” says Maggie Connolly, 13, of Long Island, New York (second from left). “She just wanted to win and she finally got it.”

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“These girls can play as good as the guys,” says Officer Greg Hepp of the New York City Police Department (right), “and they’re only getting better.”

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“The hardest thing about being on duty during a parade is not joining the party,” says Officer Jeff Soto of the New York City Police Department.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest