There was more to celebrate than soccer Wednesday at the ticker-tape parade for the World Cup-winning US women's soccer team. Just before the event began at 9:30am local time, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state legislation, which "eliminates a gender discrimination loophole regarding pay between men and women in the same job," per CBS News. "There is no rationale why women should not get paid what men get paid," Cuomo said, per WPIX. "By signing this legislation, we are not only doing the right thing, we are also doing the moral thing." He then hopped on the national team float, one of several that traveled along New York City's Canyon of Heroes toward City Hall as confetti rained from office buildings.
Thousands of fans turned out to honor the team. CNN spotted several people with signs urging the tournament's best player and top scorer Megan Rapinoe—a key player in the equal-pay debate—to run for president. The AP spoke to a 12-year-old fan from New Jersey who held a poster with forward Alex Morgan's face on it. She said she would "scream my head off and try to get a hug" if Morgan passed by. "I just want to be like them," she added. Mayor Bill de Blasio also took part in the parade amid chants of "USA! USA!" and the sound of air horns held by construction workers. He was expected to honor team members with symbolic keys to the city after the parade wrapped, per the AP. The event, including a ceremony at City Hall, runs until 2pm ET. (Read more US women's soccer stories.)