AFL Grand Final Parade ultimate guide: Route, map, times, location, route, how to watch on TV.
TENS of thousands of screaming fans will descend upon Melbourne’s CBD to enjoy the 2018 AFL Grand Final Parade.
The Friday public holiday means West Coast and Collingwood fans will be everywhere on the parade route to see their heroes just a day ahead of the Grand Final.
Fans can also enjoy the festivities live on Fox Footy from 11am EST on Friday September 28.
Here’s your ultimate guide to the day including the parade route, schedule of events and more.
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WHAT IS THE GRAND FINAL PARADE?
THE traditional Grand Final parade has been apart of the build-up to the game since 1977.
It allows fans to pack the southeast corner of Melbourne’s CBD as well as the Yarra Park live site to see their team’s stars just a day before the Grand Final itself.
West Coast and Collingwood players will be driven from the Old Treasury Building, where a press conference will be held, to the MCG live site.
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WHEN IS THE GRAND FINAL PARADE?
7AM — Roads begin to close around parade precinct
11AM — AFL Grand Final Parade on-air on Fox Footy
11:15AM — Grand Final Parade press conference starts, live streamed at Old Treasury Building steps
12:00PM — Grand Final Parade begins outside the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street
12:45PM (approx.) – Presentation ceremony at the AFL Grand Final Live Site Stage
1:30PM to 3PM — Roads around parade precinct reopen
Fans are encouraged to stay around after the Grand Final Parade to enjoy the activities at the AFL Grand Final live site.
WHAT IS THE GRAND FINAL PARADE ROUTE?
The Parade starts outside the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street.
The Parade continues south along Spring Street to Wellington Parade, where the cavalcade will turn left on Wellington Parade and travel east towards the MCG.
The Parade will then turn right into Gate 3 at Yarra Park.
The Parade continues through Yarra Park to the AFL Grand Final Live Site, where the parade finishes.
The Parade is only a short walk from Flinders Street and Jolimont stations.
After the Parade, fans can enjoy free entertainment at the AFL’s annual Footy Festival, outside gate 3 of the MCG.