The AFL Grand Final Parade is going on the water for the first time in 2022 with football fans having two opportunities to see their heroes before Saturday’s big ball.
Geelong and Sydney Swans players will be paraded up and down the Yarra River before greeting fans at Yarra Park outside the MCG, on a revamped course starting at 10:30 am.
For the first time, the parade will feature a boat ride on the Yarra followed by a motorcade to the MCG.
Players will board the boats from the Swan St Bridge, travel along the Yarra to the Princes Bridge, turn around and float down the river again to Birrarung Marr.
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‘IT WAS A LITTLE LIKE THELMA AND LOUISE’
Swans supporters Jackie Graham, 79, and son-in-law Paul Batfay, 45, departed from the NSW suburb of Toongabbie for the weekend.
Both have been members of the Swans for more than 25 years and were delighted to spend 10 hours in the car together.
“It was kind of like Thelma and Louise,” Batfay said.
“The rest of our family barracks for the Giants, so it’s just us.”
Ms. Graham said the atmosphere before the Grand Final parade was great, but she wasn’t a fan of Melbourne’s gloomy weather.
“I play most of the games,” he said.
“I love the Swans. It’s a nervous wait. ”
If the Bloods win, the pair are hoping to get hold of West Coast refrigerators to celebrate.
“I’ll probably have a stroke first,” said Mr. Batfay.
“We are extremely confident though. Paddy McCartin for Norm Smith “.
THE FANS HIT THE STREETS AND THE WATER
The parade will pass MCG gate three and end in Yarra Park, with players presented on stage at the Yarra Park Grand Final footy festival at 11:40 am.
The ceremony is expected to conclude around 12:30 pm, after the Grand Final captains and coaches conduct the latest pre-match press conferences in front of fans for the first time.
The club’s mascots, the AFL Auskickers and the Premiership Cup will take part in the parade, along with Geelong and Sydney.
This year’s changes mark only the fifth time the parade has undergone changes since 1977.
Originally published as AFL Grand Final Parade 2022 route, map, now: Geelong v Sydney