Manchester's Olympic Parade: 200,000 Crowd Expected & Olly Murs To Headline In Albert Square After-Party
Up to 200,000 people are expected to welcome home our victorious Team GB Olympians and Paralympic athletes in a massive city-wide event taking place in Manchester today.
They're coming home
The victory parade will honour Team GB’s heroes, with thousands of people expected to line the streets for a fantastic celebration of Manchester's elites.
A point of true city-wide pride, 23 of these athletes are manc-made, having been either trained or born here. There will be around 350 athletes in total in the massive event, with a parade through the city streets ending with a star-studded event in Albert Square.
The parade will begin outside the Museum of Science and Industry at 4.30pm today, before moving onto Deansgate at the junction with Liverpool Road.
It then continues on through Huntsbank, Todd Street, Corporation Street, Exchange Square and Cross Street before finishing in Albert Square, where there'll be a big screen for spectators to watch the parade.
The parade will feature an estimated 350 Team GB Olympic and Paralympic athletes from the Rio 2016 Games.
Of those confimred so far we have:
- Now-retired Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill
- Gold medal-winning flyweight boxer Nicola Adams,
- Five-time gold-medal winning Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds
- Cyclist Joanna Rowsell-Shand, who won gold on the track in the women’s team pursuit,
- Fellow cyclist and gold medal winner Owain Doull,
- Veteran showjumper Nick Skelton,
- Max Whitlock, Britain’s first Olympic gymnastics champion,
- The entire women’s hockey team, including Stockport's Kate Richardson-Walsh and Oldham's Nicola White
- Taekwondo gold medallist Jade Jones,
- The Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonny (they took gold and silver in the triathlon.)
Join the Albert Square after-party!
X-Factor fave Olly Murs will headline a huge show in Albert Square after the celebrations today. United fan Olly will be joined on stage by former X-Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson (both pictured below.)
Olly and Ferguson will be singing a range of their hits live once interviews with Olympic and Paralympic athletes have taken place to talk about the successes in Rio.
Match of the Day favourite Mark Chapman and Blue Peter star Helen Skelton will host the Albert Square celebration - which will be topped off with a secret finale!
Keep a keen eye on Lovin Manchester's social channels for live updates from the event itself.
Plus, if you're knocking around Manchester today, it's worth noting the giant screens where the public can watch the parade and the Albert Square show live. The screens will be at Exchange Square and on Cross Street, at the junction of South King Street and outside the John Rylands Library on Deansgate.