When the U.S. national women’s soccer team was cheered on by fans Friday, it was the first time that a women’s sports team had a ticker-tape parade down New York City’s Canyon of Heroes.  After the team’s big World Cup win this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “It’s about time, isn’t it?”

Here are some folks I met along the way and some photos I snapped (wish there were more, but of course my camera battery would die the first time I took it with me on assignment).

Side note: A good friend of mine started blogging about his adventures this summer and it looked like fun. This post will, hopefully, be the first of many this summer. In the past, whenever I had picked up blogging, I’d always stop within months — or even just a week or two. Hopefully the camera, and the fact that I’ve ditched Tumblr for WordPress in a move I hope is representative of my putting aside childish things, will keep me at it. This is, admittedly, kind of weak first post (camera being dead put a damper on things) but perhaps its weakness will make me want keep at it to show the two people reading this (hi, mom; hi, random internet troll) that I’m actually interesting.

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One cool person I met:


Another cool person:

Andrea Ferretti, who for years has been a fan of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, said the amped-up crowd that turned out in droves for the ticker-tape parade celebrating the team’s World Cup win was proof of changing times.

“I remember when they played China in 1999 and this is just totally different,” she said. “It wasn’t played up.”

On Friday, Ms. Ferretti got to see her favorite player: Julie Johnston, who plays defense for the U.S.

Ms. Ferretti, 26, of Park Slope, Brooklyn, starting playing defense in children’s soccer leagues when she was 5 years old. Ever since, she’s considered herself a fan of the sport, and she said she’s happy to see more supporters of the women’s team and more excitement in the U.S. for soccer in general.

“There’s just a really fun, growing, grassroots fanbase in the states right now,” she said.

Some things I observed:





And, lastly, here’s the highlights of today in a neat little package from the fun folks in sports.



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