The Northern Quota's coverage of the Heroes Parade
Follow the NQ throughout the day as we cover all aspects of the Heroes Parade honouring our Team GB and Paralympic GB stars.
Coverage will begin in the morning with a detailed look at which roads will be closed due to today's parade.
Later, 10 teams of NQ reporters, who will be located along the Parade route, will ensure that we have every angle covered as the parade makes it way through the city centre.
The Parade's route is below:
Beginning from outside the Museum of Science and Industry at 4:30pm, the parade will enter the Liverpool Road junction of Deansgate, concluding in Albert Square.
We will have interviews with some of the Heroes from our very own MMU Sports programme, who helped make this year's Rio exploits extra special.
Transport bosses have said that they are expecting more than 200,000 visitors to the city for the parade, which is set to feature around 350 Team GB Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including:
- Double World Record-breaker, and MMU Sports student, Kadeena Cox;
- Now-retired Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill;
- Gold medal-winning flyweight boxer Nicola Adams;
- Cyclist Joanna Rowsell-Shand, who won gold on the track in the women’s team pursuit;
- Fellow cyclist and gold medal winner Owain Doull;
- Veteran showjumper Nick Skelton;
- Max Whitlock, Britain’s first Olympic gymnastics champion;
- The entire women’s hockey team;
- Taekwondo gold medallist Jade Jones;
- The Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonny, who took gold and silver in the triathlon.
There will be live performances from Rebecca Ferguson and the Welsh Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir at Albert Square, which will be topped off with a grand finale. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Olly Murs has had to drop out.
While the event is completely free, capacity is limited at Albert Square, and access will be restricted when the space is full, so it is advised to get there as early as you can.
Councillor Sue Murphy, the Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The day is almost upon us and the excitement is palpable in Manchester. We are so proud to host the national parade for our Olympic and Paralympic Heroes and I’d like to encourage as many people as are able to get out into the city centre and cheer on the athletes."
We are so proud to host the national parade for our Olympic and Paralympic Heroes
Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch, added: "Our Olympic and Paralympic heroes made the nation proud with their dedication, talent and incredible success in Rio. Now it is the time for the public to come out onto the streets of Manchester and show their appreciation for these amazing athletes."