For Immediate Release: July 7, 2015
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement this evening, following Mayor de Blasio's announcement that New York City will honor the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team with a ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan:
"This team will turn the Canyon of Heroes into the Canyon of Heroines. It will be a history-making parade for a history-making group of athletes.
"With an emphatic victory that captivated a record-breaking national audience, they have demonstrated how far we've come.
"I thank Mayor de Blasio for authorizing the parade, and I'm looking forward to helping his team put it together.”
Yesterday, following the U.S. women's Sunday World Cup Final victory, Brewer wrote to the mayor:
“New York has a strong history of honoring sports teams in the Canyon of Heroes, but has never held a parade to honor a women’s team. Our newest soccer champions present 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.”
In the past day, the New York Daily News endorsed the parade in an editorial and more than 4,600 people have signed Brewer's online petition encouraging Mayor de Blasio to call a parade.
A history of New York City ticker tape parade honorees may be viewed here. Read a copy of Brewer’s letter.