Bask in the Champagne Glory and Pure Joy of The Women’s World Cup Victory Parade

“We got white girls and black girls, and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls.”

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On the heels of a thunderous victory at the Women’s World Cup on Sunday—followed by an equally roaring locker room celebration—the US Women’s National Team arrived in New York on Wednesday to celebrate their back-to-back win and fourth overall title with a ticker-tape parade to end all parades.

Bottles of Veuve overflowed. Beers were double-fisted. The entire team danced relentlessly and joyously uninhibited. There were chants of equal pay, mixed with one gratifying “pay us, bitch” moment from midfielder Allie Long. The event felt downright righteous and lived up to Megan Rapinoe’s recent defense of what some around the world have criticized for excessive celebrations on the field. “We work hard. We like to play hard,” Rapinoe had remarked amid the blowback from co-captain Alex Morgan’s tea-sipping goal celebration during the game against England.

The euphoria felt contagious—even from afar on a screen—and for a few brief moments, invited you to get delightfully inebriated and proud of what makes America actually great. Enjoy!

As the event came to a close, Rapinoe delivered another moving message toasting the women of the team and their diversity. The remarks came on the heels of her interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper the night before, during which she delivered a searing message for the president. 

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