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.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, wave from a float with team members Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd.
“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!”
Taylor Albertson, 22, and Kristin Tullo, 29, both of New York City, throw up a No. 1 sign.
“We live soccer. We breathe soccer. That’s what we do,” says Basil Williams, 49, of Trinidad (left).
Confetti fashioned from scraps of white paper tumbles from windows overlooking the Canyon of Heroes.
“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!”
“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.”
“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.