London float parade for Olympic heroes will be like “ancient Greece,” Boris Johnson hopes

08:34 28 August 2012

Fireworks mark the arrival of the Paralympic flame outside the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 27, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Torch. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Fireworks mark the arrival of the Paralympic flame outside the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 27, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Torch. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Up to 800 athletes will travel on 21 floats in an Olympic and Paralympic victory parade which London Mayor Boris Johnson has likened to ancient Greece.

The Our Greatest Team Parade, organised by the Mayor of London in conjunction with the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association, will take place on Monday September 10.

The route will wind through central London, past famous landmarks including Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar Square.

Team GB finished third in the medal table after winning 29 gold medals, 17 silvers and 19 bronzes - a total of 65.

The parade, which will set off from Mansion House in the City at 1.30pm, will be organised by sport, with medal winners across the length of the parade, according to the Greater London Authority (GLA).

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “In the ancient world crowds would line the streets to welcome their triumphant Olympians home, where they would be ecstatically venerated and their victories chronicled for the ages, with names like Leonidas of Rhodes and Milo of Kroton reverberating through history.

“But no sporting heroes will have been more lauded, no achievements more celebrated, and no nation more passionately proud than at the Our Greatest Team Parade, which will sweep through central London in a glorious miasma of colour, noise and excitement.

“This is a chance to celebrate the heroes and heroines who have thrilled us with their skills, sportsmanship, and grace during London’s spectacular Olympic and Paralympic Games, and whose names and triumphs will live on for centuries to come.”

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