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London 2012 Olympics Victory Parade: 10 September

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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Athletes on Parade
We may not have had a marvellous summer weather-wise, but it has otherwise been a bumper few months for Londoners. After almost drowning our poor Queen whilst she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, we have now been able to rejoice in the winning by Team GB of 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze Olympic medals. As I write the Paralympics have just got under way, but I'm sure our sportsmen and women will do us equally proud on their home turf.

To celebrate these amazing sporting achievements the Mayor of London, the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association have announced a victory parade through the streets of London. The Notting Hill Carnival floats may have been put away, but get ready to cheer the 800 athletes on the 21 floats that will travel through our city streets on 10 September.

Parade Route
Parade Route (picture courtesy of

The parade will start at 1.30pm in the City of London at the Mansion House, the home of the Lord Mayor of London (not of Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London). It will then travel past St Paul's Cathedral, along Ludgate Hill, Fleet Street and the Strand, to Trafalgar Square, where it all began with the announcement that we would be holding the 2012 Games, and where the double-sided clock has patiently ticked away the seconds, minutes, hours and days.

Olympic Countdown Clock
Olympic Countdown Clock

The Parade will then turn through Admiralty Arch and along the Mall. This final section will be a reserved ticketed area for those who have contributed to the London 2012 Games, whether by volunteering, taking part, or helping in any other way. It is estimated that it will take approximately 13 minutes for the floats to pass any given point. So get yourself up to London early on 10 September, find yourself a good focal point and cheer our athletes until you can cheer no longer.

Just to remind you, here are a couple of our Golden Olympic Heroes.

Mo Farah
Mo Farah (picture courtesy of Wikipedia)

Jessica Ennis
Jessica Ennis (picture courtesy of
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Why? To celebrate our amazing Olympians and Paralympians
When: 10 September
Where: Between Mansion House and The Mall
Cost: Free
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