Crowds celebrate Leicester City FC

16 May

Media captionCrowds cheer Leicester City FC open-top parade to celebrate their Premier League win

Thousands of people have gathered to watch the Leicester City team parade on open-top buses in celebration of their Premier League title win.


The victory parade started at Jubilee Square in the city centre at about 18:00 BST, with the team to take the stage later at Victoria Park.

The Foxes were presented with the trophy after their final home game of the season against Everton on 7 May.

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Leicester City fans started gathering in the city centre hours before the parade’s start time of 18:00 BST

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The champions were 5,000-1 to win the title at the start of the season.

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri told the BBC it was “unbelievable” the whole city had seemingly turned up to celebrate.

“I think this is because the team won but also they played with the heart, with the soul and I think the people understand this,” he said.

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The club’s last open-top bus parade was two years ago when Leicester won the Championship title and with it promotion to the Premier League.

In 2014, the squad finished their parade outside the Town Hall but this year it ended at the more spacious Victoria Park.

A number of activities will take place on stage, including appearances from the players and the trophy, and the celebrations will finish at about 21:00.

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Jamie Vardy and Danny Simpson posed on police motorbikes before the parade

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Manager Claudio Ranieri also joined in the fun

Earlier, there was travel chaos across the city, with all park and ride sites shut and road closures brought forward early.

Hundreds of train commuters were also seen queuing in the Leicestershire village of Narborough, with CrossCountry forced to apologise due to the “extremely busy” network.

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Train commuters wanting to get a glimpse of the action were left with long delays

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CrossCountry said catering for the number of passengers was “extremely difficult”

The city council had warned people to expect disruption and to travel in advance of the parade.

Leicester became champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history on 2 May when Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea.

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