Joyous scenes as thousands of Man City fans flood streets for victory parade

Manchester City fans cheer on their team during an open-top bus parade through the city centre
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There were joyous scenes as thousands of Manchester City fans celebrated their team's Premier League title success this evening.

They may have been left disappointed by the Blues' defeat to rivals United in the FA Cup final yesterday, but City fans turned up in force to celebrate yet another historic season for their club.

Pep Guardiola's men became the first team in the history of English football to win four back to back titles when they beat West Ham United 3-1 last weekend.

READ MORE: Thousands flood the streets and brave the rain as Premier League trophy parade makes its way through city

As rain fell on Manchester City centre this evening (Sunday), thousands of Blues flooded Deansgate and Exchange Square to watch their heroes show off their silverware in a victory parade around the city centre

It was almost 8pm by the time Pep Guardiola’s team boarded the open-top bus outside the National Football Museum. However, the party celebrations had already started several hours earlier.

A cacophony of vuvuzelas reverberated along Deansgate as fans in replica shirts and scarfs lined the street from shortly after 5pm. Many huddled under umbrellas and raincoats, while some took refuge inside the The Moon Under Water pub, chanting songs while they waited for the downpour to pass.

Thousands of City fans lined the streets to celebrate with their heroes
Thousands of City fans lined the streets to celebrate with their heroes -Credit:PA

Fireworks soared into the Manchester sky shortly before the bus set off through the city centre. As it weaved through Exchange Square and onto Deansgate, players and staff waved to adoring fans who watched on from below.

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden led the celebrations from the front of the bus while, at one point, Guardiola was captured enjoying a cigar as the team passed through a sea of blue.

Perched on window ledges and balconies, supporters held aloft blue flares and inflatable bananas as the bus drove by, stopping intermittently along the way.

On Deansgate, City stars waved to fans and took it in turns to pose for pictures with the Premier League trophy, as well as the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. When the bus eventually arrived at the Hilton Hotel at about 9pm, some supporters climbed up scaffolding to get a better view of the action.

Manchester City's Erling Haaland lifts the Premier League trophy during the trophy parade
Manchester City's Erling Haaland lifts the Premier League trophy during the trophy parade -Credit:Nigel French/PA Wire.

Fireworks were let off once more, prompting chants of 'champions again' from those who had raced across the city in an attempt to keep up with the bus.

Concerns about the weather dampening the huge celebrations ultimately proved unfounded as the predicted storms failed to materialise.

City fan Phil Milburn was one of those who braved the drizzle to attend the parade with his wife and two children.

Some fans scaled scaffolding to catch a better view of their heroes
Some fans scaled scaffolding to catch a better view of their heroes -Credit:Getty Images

“We didn’t come last year because of the torrential rain,” he explained. “I promised my lad we’d come this year so I can’t let him down.”

Reflecting on the season, Mr Milburn said: “We’ve not been at our best but we’re the first team to do four in a row. I think we’ll do five next year.”

Jim Brownsell, from Sale, attended the parade after returning from Wembley yesterday. Despite the disappointing result, he was in celebratory mood.

The players make their way along Deansgate as fans watch on
The players make their way along Deansgate as fans watch on -Credit:PA

“Four in a row, you have to celebrate that," he said. "What this team has done this last couple of years is unbelievable.

“When you’ve supported them as long as I have, you have to enjoy any bit of success. You never know how long it’s going to last.”

Standing in the rain earlier in the evening, Conner Rook and Daniel Hill, both aged 17, were adamant that they would continue celebrating no matter what.

The parade came to an end outside the Hilton Hotel
The parade came to an end outside the Hilton Hotel -Credit:PA

“We’ve been City fans all our lives so we come every year," Conner said. "It rains every year but it doesn’t matter. We’ll come here no matter what.”

“We’ve got to take advantage of days like this,” added lifelong Blue Juliet Hall-Cain, who watched on from Deansgate with her friend, Amelia Woodhouse.

“Yesterday was disappointing but we’ve won four titles in a row. No one has ever done that.”

The trophy parade was held later in the day than usual owing to the Greater Manchester Run taking place earlier on with runners finishing the race along Deansgate. A number of roads were closed to ensure both events ran smoothly.