Portland Thorns, Reign FC players celebrate World Cup win at Parade of Champions

Lindsey Wisniewski
The World Cup champs sipped champagne, erupted in dance moves and hopped on floats during the ticker-tape parade in their honor.
The World Cup champs sipped champagne, erupted in dance moves and hopped on floats during the ticker-tape parade in their honor.

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."

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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. 

[RELATED: The U.S. women's soccer team is one step closer to their ultimate goal: Equal pay]

Portland Thorns, Reign FC players celebrate World Cup win at Parade of Champions originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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