A Liverpool Football Club victory parade will take place in the city on Sunday 29 May.
The Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson had already invited the club to take part in a victory parade in preparation for the potential outcome of the season, but following last Saturday’s Wembley win, this has been extended to include the FA Cup.
The club has officially accepted the offer so it’s all systems go for the parade at 4pm on the Sunday – the day after the Reds play Real Madrid in the Champions League Final. This is the only time all players are available due to the majority of them traveling on international duty to represent their respective countries immediately after this date.
And it’s not just about the men’s team. For the first time, the parade will also include Liverpool FC Women who clinched the FA Women’s Championship trophy last month.
As the date of the victory parade falls on the anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster, throughout the morning of the anniversary Liverpool Football Club, supported by Liverpool City Council, will pay tribute to the 39 supporters who lost their lives on that day. The city council and the Club are working together on those plans.
The 13.5km victory route, the same as the 2019 parade, will start at Allerton Maze in the south of the city. It will then travel north bound on Queens Drive towards the Fiveways roundabout (in Childwall) and on to the Rocket flyover.
From there it will journey along:
- Queens Drive
- Mill Bank
- West Derby Road
- Leeds Street
- The Strand
- Route finishes at Blundell Street
To find out all about road closures, public transport, viewing areas or to track the parade on a live Google map, head to Culture Liverpool which is home to a useful series of FAQs.
The full costs of the parade will be met by Liverpool Football Club, who have already won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, and are currently one point behind Manchester City in the Premier League, with each team left with one match to play this Sunday.
The parade will be organised by the award-winning Culture Liverpool team, which also organised the parades in 2005 and 2019 and has brought many major events to the city such as The Giants.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson, said, “We’re delighted that we can now confirm the club will definitely parade around the city on the 29 May – and I’m pleased we will be celebrating the achievements of both the men and women’s teams.
“A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes in preparation for an event of this size and scale, so it’s fantastic that the city are now going to be able to experience this.
“Lifting the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup and the FA Women’s Championship trophy is an incredible achievement that deserves to be acknowledged and we have everything crossed that they won’t be the only trophies they are lifting on the day! Whatever the outcome of the end of the season and the Champions League Final, Liverpool FC and Liverpool FC Women have already done us proud, and we will give both teams the homecoming celebration they deserve.”
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said, “Regardless of results the rest of the way, this season’s Liverpool squad will go down as one of the greatest football teams of all time. Of course, I’ll have everything crossed that they are able to complete a historic quadruple. And we can’t forget about the Liverpool Women’s team, who have stormed to the Women’s Championship at the first time of asking.
“It’s only right that fans are given the opportunity to properly celebrate – especially given that the pandemic meant that we weren’t able to come together and celebrate that memorable Premier League win. I’m sure many, many thousands of fans will want to join us in applauding Jürgen and the whole club’s achievements this year – and hopefully we’ll have plenty more to celebrate!
“We expect the parade will extremely popular so Merseytravel will be putting in place suitable arrangements to help manage demand and ensure the wider transport network can continue to function. Further details will be shared early next week, so please check the latest guidance before making plans.”
Image: Huge crowds line The Strand for LFC’s 6th European Champions League title in 2019 ©Liverpool City Council