Team GB and ParalympicsGB set for London open-top bus victory parade on September 10
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
August 14 - Britain's top stars from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics are set to appear in an open-top bus victory parade through the capital on September 10 with millions of flag-waving supporters expected to line the streets to cheer on the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis.
A total of 900 Olympians and Paralympians who competed at London 2012 are set to appear in front of crowds that will almost certainly dwarf crowds seen at previous parades for England's Rugby World Cup win in 2003 and the England cricket team's Ashes win in 2005
The provisional route for the parade is from Guildhall through the City and past Mansion House, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, through Admiralty Arch and down The Mall for a spectacular gathering in front of Buckingham Palace.
The parade will be held on a Monday, the day after the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games, and Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt has already called for children to be let off school to attend.
"It would be great to see millions on the streets," said Hunt, who is also the chief executive of the British Olympic Association (BOA).
"The public have been amazing.
"To celebrate is going to be very, very special.
"September 10 is going to be a good day."
Plans are under consideration for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who are all Team GB ambassadors, to take part after they have been a regular feature across all venues supporting Britain's star.
Britain have produced a phenomenal display at the Olympics finishing third place behind China and the United States with a total of 65 medals, including 29 gold, but just as important was the way the Games have united the entire United Kingdom behind the athletes.
"We are looking across this beautiful park, with happy faces and flags waving," said BOA President Princess Anne, who will also attend the victory parade.
"I could not have dreamt of anything better than this."
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who has been a vocal supporter of the Games from the outset, has also backed the September 10 celebrations.
"If ever there was an excuse for a party, this is it," said Johnson.
"London will do our amazing 2012 Olympic team proud, with a celebration every bit as inspiring as the Games itself.
"No one expected Team GB to do quite as amazingly well as they have done.
"Not since 1908 has the country seen a gold rush like it."
In addition the parade, to which every Olympic and Paralympic athlete will be invited, the Government is understood to be looking at hosting a reception for the athletes at Lancaster House and the Queen will host a dinner for them later in the year at Buckingham Palace.