The Premier League champions Manchester City are parading their trophy in front of thouands of fans to mark their first title win in 44 years.
Excited Blues fans are expected to line the city centre streets today to witness their team show off their triumph which will start with an open-top bus tour from Albert Square, 6.30pm.
Police are warning fans to enjoy themselves for all the right reasons and that celebrations should not be ruined by alcohol fuelled violence and disorder.
Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said: “It’s been 44 years since their last league championship so fans will want to let off some steam and we would never try and discourage supporters enjoying themselves.
“We would simply say that people should drink sensibly and ensure they get to the city centre in plenty of time to enjoy the event.”
Albert Square will be open to the public from 4pm for all the pre-parade build-up and entertainment, on a non-ticketed, free, first come first served basis.
Assistant Chief Constable Sweeney said that there will be a on-street alcohol ban restricting drinking in public places.
The open-top bus will travel along the following route:
Pre-parade player Q&A in Albert Square: 6pm
Albert Square: Parade start 6.30pm
Princess Street: 6.30pm
Portland Street: 6.45pm
St Mary’s Gate: 7.30pm
Corporation Street: 7.45pm
And the following road closures are in place:
Albert Square: 9am onwards
Princess Street: 10am onwards
Portland Street: 5pm onwards
Chepstow Street: 6.30pm onwards
Great Bridgewater Street: 6.30pm onwards
Whitworth Street West: 6.30pm onwards
Deansgate: 3pm onwards (key junctions kept open)
St Mary’s Gate: 5pm onwards
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Manchester City clinched their first title win since 1968 after a dramatic climax to an unpredictable Premier League season.