Olympic Victory Parade to be held in Manchester
25th August 2016
As Team GB celebrates a record-breaking Olympics, Manchester prepares to welcome our sporting stars home with a victory parade “fit for heroes”.
Great Britain finished second on the medal table at Rio 2016 with 67 medals, smashing our ambitious target of 48 medals and making Rio our most successful overseas Olympics ever. This history-making victory means Britain is the first nation ever to win more medals after immediately hosting a Games, beating the 65 we scored at London 2012.
On Saturday, Theresa May announced that Team GB’s incredible Olympics would be celebrated with two homecoming victory parades. She said:
“The euphoria of London 2012 didn’t end four years ago, and it doesn’t end now – we still have the Paralympic Games to look forward to.
“It will continue on the streets of Britain as we plan a parade in Manchester, alongside the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations.
“It will be a celebration fit for heroes – and rightly so, because that is exactly what they are.”
The decision has been greeted with huge excitement from local people, with Manchester City Council saying the area “couldn’t be more thrilled”.
“On behalf of the whole of Manchester, we couldn’t be more thrilled to host the national parade for our Olympic and Paralympic heroes. We will be sure to show our athletes the meaning of celebration.”
Sue Murphy, the council’s deputy leader
The north of England has become a sporting powerhouse, and is home to a whole host of medal winners. The British track cycling athletes who train at the velodrome training centre in Manchester – including golden couple Jason Kenny and Laura Trott – have won 11 Olympic medals this year. Taekwondo star Jade Jones also lives and trains in the city, at the GB Taekwondo Academy. A total of 23 Olympic medals were ‘made in Manchester’ this year, and we couldn’t be prouder.
We’re delighted that our Olympic and Paralympic heroes will be just down the road from Salford Shopping Centre – and we’ve got everything you need to make the most of the celebrations. Look the part with a face painting kit from Wilko.
If you’re hosting your own celebration party, head to Iceland for a fantastic selection of party food – and don’t forget to drop by Poundland to pick up those party essentials like red, white and blue balloons, Union Jack paper plates and Union Jack paper cups.