New York honours Women's World Cup champions

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Heroic welcome for champions USA in New York
Heroic welcome for champions USA in New York

The 2019 Women World Cup champions, USA, have been presented with the ceremonial keys to New York City after the team returned home to a thunderous welcome by thousands of New Yorkers on Wednesday.

That special welcome, christened 'Ticker Tape' is New York's way of honouring deserving Americans.

The ticker-tape parade is a New York tradition dating back to the 19th century and past honourees have included Charles Lindbergh after his solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean; Neil Armstrong and other Apollo 11 astronauts after their mission to the moon; and South Africa's Nelson Mandela.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio with the team after presenting the ceremonial keys to them

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In recent decades, the honour has been reserved for championship teams, including the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

USA, who beat The Netherland 2-0 to retain the title they won in 2015 and also become the first side to win a back to back as well as a fourth title, were welcome back by thousands of fans who lined up on the streets of New York as the team returned from France.

Floats and an open-top bus took the players, who wore black T-shirts emblazoned with 'World Champions' in gold letters, through the streets of Lower Manhattan to a ceremony at City Hall.

Thousands of New Yorkers showed up to catch a glimpse of the Women World Cup champions

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the players on one of the floats and later hosted the team in a ceremony at City Hall to present them with the "keys to the city".

Thousands of well-wishers pressed up against metal police barriers to catch a glimpse of star players including, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, the tournament's top scorer and an outspoken team leader, as they rode on open floats along the parade route.

Many young girls showed up to  welcome the world champions back home

"This is how I want my daughters to see what women can do and what women should be," said Gabrielle Blecher, 49, of Brooklyn, a mother of daughters ages 11 and 13, who took a break from her office job along the parade route to watch the festivities, told the CNN.

Supporting the Stars and Stripes in their call for equal pay as the male counterparts, some fans chanted "equal pay" when the players took to the stage.

Last March, the women's team dragged the US Soccer Federation to court to demand equal pay with their male counterparts.

Hundreds of Americans including President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama as well as other stars, all took to social media to congratulate the team when they won on Sunday.

 “America is proud of you all!” President Donald Trump tweeted, expressing the hope of hosting the team to the White House.

Former President Barack Obama, who hosted the team when they won their third title in 2015,  has also congratulated the team for their feat.