For the first time in 55 years this Friday, female athletes are getting a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes in Downtown Manhattan. NOICE. Thank you, U.S. Women’s Soccer Team for both being amazing and giving NYC a reason to bring out one of its most fun traditions.
But what exactly is the Canyon of Heroes and what’s the best way to get there to watch the parade? The route runs north from Broadway at Bowling Green to Chambers Street. The parade will turn one block past Chambers and go up to Worth Street and then on to Lafayette. It starts at 11am with a ceremony at City Hall Plaza at 1pm. (So you might want to take a long lunch hour.)
City Hall Plaza only holds 3,500 people and more than 12,000 people already requested tickets for the event, so if you didn’t enter yesterday, your best bet to join in on the festivities is to cheer on the parade from somewhere on along the route on Broadway.
Take the N or R trains to Cortland and Rector Sts or the J and Z trains to Fulton and Broad Sts for the parade. You could also take the 1 train to Rectors St and South Ferry, but you’ll probably want to avoid the 4 and 5 trains as they run below Broadway.
Spectators are encouraged to wear red, white and blue, and the Empire State Building will be getting in on the action: lighting up in Team USA's patriotic colors tomorrow night. If the rest of your afternoon is free, try hitting up one of these six bars after the festivities.