Everything you need to know about Manchester City’s bus tour
Manchester City are the Premier League and Carabao Cup champions 2017/18 – and they want everybody to know about it.
Pep Guardiola’s side have taken England’s top division apart collecting a Premier League record points tally of 100 to wrap up the title with five games to go and boasted a 19-point gap on rivals, and runners-up Manchester United.
City also scored more goals, 106, than any other club has managed in the top division.
Alongside their league heroics came Wembley glory as they beat Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup final.
To commemorate their record breaking campaign, City are having an open top bus parade through Manchester before jumping on stage in front of fans.
Here the Manchester Evening News have given you all the information you need for the celebrations…
When is it?
The parade takes place on Monday, May 14, the day after City’s final game of the season against Southampton.
The gates to the viewing area in front of the stage, where the players will eventually end up, will open at 4pm for those who want the best view.
The viewing area is non-ticketed and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis the club say.
The bus parade itself will then set off at 6pm and will finish around 45 minutes later.
The players will be presented on stage at 7pm with the event finishing at 8pm.
What is the route?
The bus parade will begin, at 6pm, on Victoria Street, just behind Manchester Cathedral, and begin to make its way down Deansgate.
It will continue straight down the thoroughfare until it makes a left turn down John Dalton and makes its way into Albert Square.
However there is no stage in front of the Town Hall as for the club’s three recent parades and the parade will not be going to or from the Etihad Stadium.
From Albert Square, where the bus WON’T stop, it will instead continue through the square, onto Mount Street and will then turn right onto Peter Street, heading back towards Deansgate.
It will finish near the junction of Peter Street, Deansgate, and Quay Street where a temporary stage is to be erected near the Great Northern Warehouse.
City say it will take around 45 minutes for the parade to make its way from one end of the one mile route to the other.
After a short interval, the players will be presented onto the stage at around 7pm.
What exactly will be happening?
The first part of the parade will take the form of a traditional victory parade.
The players will be aboard an open top bus and will be showing off the two trophies claimed this season to the tens of thousands of fans who are expected be lining the route.
In excess of 100,000 fans have lined the route of previous parades including the celebrations after the 2011 FA Cup win and the 2012 Premier League title success.
For those waiting near the stage area, entertainment will begin at around 5pm, ahead of the player’s arrival at around 6:45pm.
The day’s proceedings will be conducted by City TV presenters Mike Wedderburn, of Sky Sports New fame, Hugh Ferris, Danny Jackson and Natalie Pike.
And they will be joined by whole host of guests including club legends such as Colin Bell, Tony Book, Mike Summerbee, Paul Dickov, Shay Given, Nicky Weaver and David White and famous Blues fans including Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, DJ Wingman, and Cold Feet actor Cel Spellman.
The club say boss Pep Guardiola and ALL the first-team players will be speaking on stage after the parade and are also promising ‘a few special guests.’
Ahead of the event City skipper Vincent Kompany said: “The support from our fans throughout the season has been fantastic, so I’m delighted that we’ll have the opportunity to celebrate with them in the city centre after what has been an unbelievable Premier League campaign.”
The entire event will be finished by 8pm.
What will the weather be like?
The good news is, it shouldn’t rain on City’s parade.
It is expected to be warm and sunny from Monday afternoon onwards in the city centre.
So it will be more sun hats, and sunglasses than raincoats and brollies.
Temperatures will peak at a very warm 19 degrees.
There may be some cloudy spells later which may see it become slightly chillier later but it is still forecast to remain dry.
Will there be extra security?
The parade route will be fenced and stewarded and GMP have also confirmed there will be extra officers on patrol during the day to ensure the event ‘passes without issue.’
Ahead of the event, Chf Supt Stuart Ellison, the man in charge of policing the event said: “Monday’s parade is going to be an exciting event for football fans and the people of Manchester alike.
“There’s going to be a lot of people in the city centre as the open-top bus travels along its route and our main priority is that everyone can come together and enjoy the celebrations.
“Officers will be on patrol throughout the day and into the evening as the event continues to make sure everything passes without issue and to answer any questions or listen to any concerns that you may have.
“From the many matches hosted at the Etihad stadium, we’ve seen the behaviour of City’s fans is a testament to the club and we look forward to celebrating with them.”
How can I follow it if I can’t make it?
Mirror Football will be running a live blog from the afternoon with regular updates, pictures and videos from our reporters on the ground so you will feel like you’re there, even if you can’t be.
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