New York City will host one of its famous ticker-tape parades on Friday to celebrate the U.S. women’s national soccer team, who won their third FIFA World Cup title on Sunday.
Throughout history, ticker-tape parades have been reserved for milestone moments: the moon landing, the first trans-Atlantic flight, the ending of World War II. Until the 1970s, ticker-tape was used in ticker-tape machines as a reader of stock market prices. Stock brokers would chuck the tape out their windows to the midst and thus the name stuck even after ticker-tape was replaced by electronic stock tickers.
But not only has ticker-tape been less frequent, so have the parades themselves. Of New York City’s 205 ticker-tape parades, 130 occurred from 1945 to 1965 the New York Times reported. And only four have occurred in the last 15 years, typically being reserved for the successes of local sports teams, like the Giants’s Super Bowl parade in 2012.
It has been more than half a century since the praise was awarded to a female athlete and never before has a women’s team been highlighted.
With their World Cup title, the U.S. women’s team will finally end that drought.
The announcement comes on the heels of criticism of the harsher field conditions and significantly lesser earnings on the women’s side of the ball.
Alongside their victory, the 25.4 million viewers of the World Cup final on Fox was a record for any English-language soccer match televised in the U.S., exceeding the amount who watched the FIFA men’s World Cup final in 2012.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer acknowledged the historical significance in his letter requesting the parade to Mayor Bill De Blasio.
“New York City has a strong history of honoring sports achievements in the Canyon of Heroes, but has never held a parade to honor a women’s team,” Brewer wrote. “Our newest soccer champions represent an opportunity for New York to recognize that heroes and role models come in all genders, and I hope you will work with me to make this parade a reality.”
The first ticker-tape parade occurred in 1886 to celebrate the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty.