Games Makers, military and other key contributors to London 2012 will be given reserved seating for the finale of the Team GB and ParalympicsGB victory parade through the streets of the capital on September 10, organised by the Mayor of London in conjunction with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA).
‘For capacity reasons, partly due to the infrastructure still in place from the previous day’s Paralympic marathon, the area from Admiralty Arch to the Queen Victoria Memorial will be ticketed and reserved for groups who have made a major contribution to the Games and the success of our athletes,’ the organisers said in a statement.
‘These will include 14,000 volunteers, members of the blue light services, military personnel, Team GB and ParalympicsGB coaches and support staff, friends and family of the athletes involved as well as schoolchildren from every London borough.’
They also revealed the exact plans of the parade which will see 800 Olympic and Paralympic athletes travel on 21 floats, organised by sport so that London 2012 medal winners appear throughout the length of the parade.
The action will begin at Mansion House in the City at 1:30pm and travel along Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street, passing by St Paul’s Cathedral, continuing along Fleet Street, past Aldwych and into The Strand, before reaching Trafalgar Square. A big screen at the base of Nelson’s Column along with live commentary will allow spectators to cheer on the athletes as the parade makes its way past.
Continuous coverage of the parade, including interviews with the athletes, will be broadcast throughout the day on BBC One, BBC News Channel, Channel 4 and Sky. Members of the public wishing to attend the parade have been told to expect huge crowds between Mansion House and Trafalgar Square.