City Painted Blue
The streets of Manchester were certainly painted blue during Manchester City Football Club’s first victory parade in 35 years.
Thousands of fans poured onto the city centre streets to make the most of the momentous occasion celebrating the club’s FA Cup victory. They began gathering outside the Town Hall early in the afternoon, ready for the teatime parade.
Flags, banners and scarves were waved in the air, some carrying the slogan “The City is Ours”.
The winning team boarded their bus in Albert Square and were transported through the cheering crowds to Eastlands. They were also celebrating coming third in the league and winning a place in the Champions League.
Player Gareth Barry said of the club’s week of great results: “It has been an unbelievable week really. When the club and fans have waited so long for a trophy.
“Just to get Champions League qualification for the first time, and then to lift the FA Cup trophy. It has been a perfect week. We are really enjoying it.”
Defender Vincent Kompany said: “I’m just so happy, so happy we made it, guys.”
Princess Street, Portland Street and Newton Street were closed to traffic as the bus travelled to the club’s ground the City of Manchester Stadium for more celebrations.
The all-ticket event in the stadium included former players, special guests, live music and a huge firework display.
Fan Chris Morrison, 40, said: “It was amazing seeing the cup so close up, as well as seeing all the players.
“It’s something I thought I’d just never see growing up as a child and watching the FA Cup. It’s quite surreal, it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”