Anchester City have confirmed plans to hold an open-top bus parade after retaining the Premier League title in spectacular fashion on the final day of the season.
Leaders Pep Guardiola rode an incredible 2-0 battle with less than 15 minutes to play at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to defeat Aston Villa 3-2 and propel Liverpool to their fourth title in five years by a single point.
Four-time chasers Liverpool staged their own turnaround to triumph 3-1 after trailing Wolves early at Anfield, but that was ultimately not enough to overhaul their arch-rivals on a nervy afternoon in the top flight.
City will further share their sixth Premier League-era title and ninth major trophy under Guardiola with cheering fans tonight, after announcing an open-top bus parade through Manchester city centre.
The parade is expected to start in Exchange Square around 6pm BST, before heading towards St Mary’s Gate and then south on Deansgate.
Events will culminate at Beetham Tower, where players are expected to arrive around 7 p.m. for a live show hosted by Danny Jackson and Natalie Pike that will also feature live music and DJs.
The parade and stage shows are ticketless events, with the city encouraging supporters to “arrive early to get the best viewing experience possible.”
City added: “There will also be screens throughout Deansgate showing all the action from the stage.
“There is an accessible viewing platform located on Great Bridgewater Street and members of the club’s access team will be on hand to assist fans who need to access it.”
Liverpool had already announced plans for a post-season victory parade on May 29 after an invitation from Mayor Joanne Anderson regardless of how they fared in the Premier League title race and during next Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris.
Liverpool have already won both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup so far this season and were unable to take part in a parade after ending a three-decade wait for a top-flight title in 2020 due Covid-19 restrictions.