The Mayor of Liverpool has invited Liverpool Football Club to take part in a victory parade in preparation of the potential outcome of the season.
As Jurgen Klopp’s team triumphed this week against Villarreal in the European Champions League semi-final, the city council has started to look at putting complex plans into action.
The major logistical challenges needed to arrange a parade of this scale means the announcement is being made in advance so residents and businesses in the city can prepare.
The only date available to hold a victory parade within the city and to have all the players available is Sunday, 29 May from 4pm.
Immediately after the parade, the majority of the players will be traveling on international duty to represent their respective countries.
As the date of the proposed victory parade falls on the anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster, throughout the morning of the anniversary Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Football Club will pay tribute to the 39 supporters who lost their lives on that day. The Council and the Club are working together on those plans.
The victory parade route will start at Allerton Maze and will travel northbound on Queens Drive towards the Fiveways roundabout and Rocket flyover. From there it will journey along:
- Queens Drive
- Mill Bank
- West Derby Road
- Leeds Street
- The Strand
- Route finishes at Blundell Street
As in 2019, if the parade does go ahead, there will be key advice to supporters to line the entire route, plan travel in advance and expect the city to be extremely busy on the Sunday.
More information and advice will be issued by the city council and partner agencies (LFC, Merseyside Police and Merseytravel) in the run up to the date.
The full costs of the parade will be met by Liverpool Football Club, who have already won the Carabao Cup, are in the FA Cup Final on Sunday, 15 May and currently lie second in the Premier League.
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 all remember those iconic images from 2019 as hundreds of thousands of people lined the parade route to celebrate this incredible footballing achievement.
“Staging an event of this scale does not happen overnight – our events team is among the best in the world at what they do, and they have done all they can behind the scenes and are now at the point where they need to start communicating with residents and businesses about the plans in place.
“The team working on it will have less than 24 hours’ notice once that final whistle blows so we need as much time as possible to prepare in advance to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
“We are working in partnership with LFC, Merseyside Police and travel partners to ensure any parade runs smoothly and safely, and if the Reds do bring home the silverware, we can make sure we give them the heroes’ homecoming they deserve.”
Image: Huge crowds line the waterfront for LFC’s 6th European Champions League title in 2019 © Liverpool City Council