Tens of thousands football fans watch grand final parade in Australia

17:51, September 24, 2010      

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Tens of thousands of football fans were lining the streets of Melbourne in Australia on Friday for the Australian Football League (AFL) grand final parade.

According to ABC News, the captains of St Kilda and Collingwood have raised the premiership cup in front of more than 100,000 fans in central Melbourne ahead of Saturday's AFL grand final.

The two teams were cheered on by a sea of black, white and red as they made their way through the city in the traditional grand final parade.

They were joined by Brownlow Medallist Chris Judd and the AFL's rising star for 2010, Daniel Hanneberry.

The players and coaches of the two sides were the presented to the crowd at the Old Treasury Building, with Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt and Pies captain Nick Maxwell holding the trophy aloft.

The parade has shut down most of Melbourne's city, and police are warning motorists to avoid the area for the rest of the afternoon. Bus and tram services have also been affected.

Meanwhile, police are warning virtually every person who drives to the grand final on Saturday will be breath-tested.

Source: Xinhua


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