Members of the U.S. women’s soccer team are waving from floats as fans cheer and wave back during a parade in New York City’s Canyon of Heroes.
Fifteen-year-old Lily Buccholz, of Sumner, Iowa, stood by the parade route Wednesday with her family while dressed in red, white and blue.
Lily plays soccer on a club team and says, “Hopefully one day I’ll play professional.”
Earlier, team members joined New York’s governor as he signed a law expanding gender pay equality in the state.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the opportunity Wednesday to say women’s soccer players should be paid the same as male players.
Fans of the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team are gathered at City Hall in New York for a ceremony where Mayor Bill de Blasio will give the players symbolic keys to the city.
The ceremony follows a joyful ticker tape parade up Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes.
Co-captain Megan Rapinoe (ruh-PEE’-noh) danced and swigged Champagne from aboard a float headed to City Hall.
Many paradegoers said they agreed with the team’s push for pay equity with male players.
Patricia Rice Stella, of Long Island, says that “there’s no closing their eyes or turning their back. It’s time to make a change.”