The U.S. women’s soccer team won its fourth-consecutive World Cup title with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands on July 7. Just days later, a party that began in Lyon, France continued 3,817 miles away in the streets of New York City.
Before the Parade of Champions began on Wednesday, USWNT and Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe took the stage at City Hall to deliver a poignant speech in front of thousands cladded in red, white and blue with "equal pay" signs.
“This is my charge to everyone: We have to be better, we have to love more and hate less,” Rapinoe said. “Listen more and talk less. It is our responsibility to make this world a better place.”
Here’s a look at the USWNT co-captain’s memorable moment:
Following Rapinoe’s speech, the World Cup champs sipped champagne, erupted in dance moves and hopped on floats during the ticker-tape parade in their honor.
Here’s a look at some of the best videos and photos from the parade, including some celebratory posts from members of the Portland Thorns and Seattle Reign FC, and of course, another tea-sipping celebration from Alex Morgan.
Thanks NYC ❤️ pic.twitter.com/F0zpxDfYh5— Tobin Heath (@TobinHeath) July 10, 2019
Best life we live https://t.co/0jZE3cChNL— Emily Sonnett (@emilysonnett) July 10, 2019
“Parades are cool. Equal pay is cooler.” The #USWNT made sure to send a strong message about pay equity, even during the ticker-tape parade in their honor #ParadeofChampions #WorldCup https://t.co/T7PgvuNpqj pic.twitter.com/7XFNisHf7I— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) July 10, 2019
what a magical day. let’s keep doing this forever. pic.twitter.com/oBmhEEeeVm— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 10, 2019
NYC it was gr8. It was hot. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/bJRF10eDXB— Emily Sonnett (@emilysonnett) July 10, 2019
Reporting live from float 5. pic.twitter.com/hpdaD7qFqj— Allie Long (@ALLIE_LONG) July 10, 2019