NYC celebrates Women's World Cup winners with parade

Published Jul. 10, 2015 10:40 a.m. EDT

NEW YORK (AP) Throngs of young girls and other fans of the U.S. women's soccer team have turned out early for a parade celebrating its Women's World Cup victory.

The parade-goers started gathering at 3:30 a.m. Friday along the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway where the nation's largest city has honored its legends. Two hours before the 11 a.m. start, the crowd already was three to four deep along the route.

One of the floats will carry the tournament's most valuable player, Carli Lloyd, along with other players and Mayor Bill de Blasio. The ticker-tape parade will be followed by a ceremony at City Hall.

The U.S. squad defeated Japan 5-2 on Sunday in Canada to win its first World Cup since 1999.