A London 2012 victory parade made up of 21 floats and more than 800 athletes will wind its way through the streets of the capital this coming Monday (10th September) for what Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt promises will be one of the 'biggest parties London has ever seen'.
The ‘Our Greatest Team Parade’ has been organised by the Mayor of London's office, the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association and gives fans a chance celebrate the achievements of Team GB at the Paralympic and Olympic Games - with the heroes who made it all happen.
Authorities expect around one million fans to join the party, which will see a carnival of floats riding up The Mall to Buckingham Palace, with gold medal winners such as Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis interacting with the crowd.
The athletes’ parade is to set off from Mansion House in the City at 1:30pm on Monday and will then snake down Queen Victoria Street, Cannon Street and St Paul’s Cathedral, passing along Fleet Street, to Aldwych and The Strand, before arriving at Trafalgar Square.
It will then conclude by passing through Admiralty Arch onto The Mall and down to the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.
The London Mayor, Boris Johnson commented: "In the ancient world crowds would line the streets to welcome their triumphant Olympians home, where they would be ecstatically venerated. But no sporting heroes will have been more lauded, no achievements more celebrated, and no nation more passionately proud than at the Our Greatest Team Parade, which will sweep through central London in a glorious miasma of colour, noise and excitement."
- British Paralympic Association
- British Olympic Association