Britain’s carnival of sport culminates with a victory parade through the heart of London to honour the sensational efforts and achievements of Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
More than a million people are expected to line the streets of London as over 800 athletes travel on 21 floats from Mansion House to Buckingham Palace on Monday, September 10.
BBC One, Channel 4 and Sky News will have comprehensive coverage of the day’s events, capturing the atmosphere along the route as the athletes the British public take part in the final celebration of London 2012.
Over the past few months, the whole of the United Kingdom has been captured by the spirit of both the Olympics and Paralympics.
From the anticipation of the nationwide torch relay to the national pride resulting from the success of the Games themselves, London 2012 delivered on its promise to provide four weeks of memorable sporting competition.
The pride of the nation was also boosted by the impressive haul of medals that accumulated during the Olympics and Paralympics, with many of them prodcuing some of the most iconic British sporting moments of all-time.
The public celebration of the achievements of British Olympians and Paralympians has been organised by the Mayor of London in conjunction with the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association.
Our Greatest Team are due to set out from Mansion House in the City at 1:30pm, with around 800 athletes, including almost every medal winner, travelling on 21 floats, organised by sport and with medal winners across the length of the parade.
Mo Farah will take pride of place at the head of the procession, with Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford, Sir Chris Hoy, Laura Trott, Charlotte Dujardin and Ben Ainslie among the other Olympians taking part.
Paralympic medal winners Hannah Cockcroft, Jody Cundy, Sarah Storey and Jonnie Peacock will also be present, fresh from their appearance at Sunday night’s closing ceremony.
They will all travel from Mansion House, along Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street, passing by St Paul’s Cathedral, continuing along Fleet Street, past Aldwych and into The Strand, before reaching Trafalgar Square.
A big screen at the base of Nelson’s Column along with live commentary will allow spectators to cheer on the athletes as the parade makes its way past Trafalgar Square.
After passing Trafalgar Square the athletes will go through Admiralty Arch into The Mall, travelling down to the Queen Victoria Memorial.
To get the best views of all of the floats and interviews with the athletes, continuous coverage of the parade will be broadcast throughout the day on BBC One, Channel 4 and Sky News.
Between Mansion House and Trafalgar Square members of the public wishing to cheer on their heroes should expect very large crowds along the whole route.
The crowds are expected to exceed the 750,000 who saw the Ashes victory parade in 2005 and the Rugby World Cup parade in 2003.
Anyone planning to come along should ensure they plan their journey in advance and take public transport wherever possible.
Extensive road closures around the route will be in place throughout the morning and until after the parade passes through Trafalgar Square.
These will have an impact on a large area in and around central London so it is essential to plan ahead.
Details below of how to follow the Our Greatest Team Parade on BBC, Channel 4 and Sky:
LIVE 1.25pm-4.00pm | Highlights 8.30pm-9.00pmPresenter: Gabby Logan Commentary: Huw Edwards, Hazel Irvine, Tanni Grey-Thompson
Gabby Logan presents BBC One’s live coverage of the Athletes’ Parade, a celebration of the 800 athletes who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and Paralympics this summer.
Taking in the sights and sounds of London, thousands are expected to line the route of the parade to thank the athletes for their efforts and celebrate their achievements one last time.
Commentary will be provided by Huw Edwards, Hazel Irvine and multiple Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Coverage also simulcast on BBC News Channel.
LIVE 12.50pm-4.00pmPresenter: Jon Snow Guests: Ade Adepitan, Daraine Mulvihill, Danny Crates, Rachel Latham, Adam Hills, Alex Brooker Reporters: Clare Balding, Iwan Thomas Commentary: Krishnan Guru-Murthy & Giles Long
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are over and now is the time for the city of London and the whole of the United Kingdom to celebrate those who took part.
Channel 4 will broadcast live coverage of the parade through London – which will include around 750 athletes from Team GB and ParalympicsGB on 21 floats travelling from Mansion House in the City of London, past landmarks including St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square before making its way down The Mall.
Jon Snow will guide Channel 4 viewers through all the day’s events from 12.50pm, with Jon based in a special studio at Canada Gate, overlooking Buckingham Palace and The Mall.
He will be joined through the afternoon by some of the presenters and experts who have guided viewers through Channel 4’s Paralympics coverage, including Ade Adepitan, Daraine Mulvihill, Danny Crates, Rachel Latham, and The Last Leg’s Adam Hills and Alex Brooker.
Clare Balding and Iwan Thomas will be out and about capturing the unique atmosphere of the parade as they join the sportsmen and women making their way through the capital on the convey of floats.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy will provide commentary of events alongside former Paralympic swimmer and Channel 4 analyst Giles Long.
LIVE 9.00am-5.00pmPresenters: Adam Boulton, Dermot Murnaghan, Jeremy Thompson
Sky News will have more coverage of the Athletes’ Parade than anyone else, devoting a full day of coverage to the event that will celebrate the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
On September 10, the rolling news channel will air live coverage of the parade as it travels through the capital, cheered on by expected huge crowds.
Coverage starts with the Sunrise programme, presented by Eamonn Holmes, from 6am and runs all the way through to 9am, when Sky News’ full live coverage starts.
Various presenters including Adam Boulton, Stephen Dixon, Gillian Joseph, Sarah-Jane Mee, Dermot Murnaghan, Jeremy Thompson and Samantha Simmonds will be stationed at key points along the route, and on the floats amongst the athletes.
The presenters will be mingling with the crowds as people celebrate the achievements of the Olympic and Paralympic competitors.
Extensive coverage will also be available on Skynews.com, Sky News for iPad, Sky News mobile apps and Sky Go, including live blogs, tweets and aerial images shot from the helicopter.
Coverage also simulcast on Sky1 from 1pm to 5pm.