As the sun dropped down below the Victoria Park skyline, and the silver and blue confetti tumbled through the warm Leicester air, those in attendance could have been forgiven for wondering how, on 16 May, 2016, they were among a quarter-of-a-million people that were stood watching Leicester City’s stars finish their victory parade around the city.
Beginning at Jubilee Square, the coaches carrying the Club’s players and staff twisted and turned through the narrow Leicester streets as thousands upon thousands of City fans tried to get a glimpse of the 2015/16 Unbelievables.
The parade began at Jubilee Square before heading through the packed city centre streets.
In the 10 months prior to the victory parade taking place, Claudio Ranieri’s swashbuckling Foxes had delivered week after week to become Premier League winners against the 5000/1 odds offered by bookmakers.
For the intricately-planned victory parade, fans dug out flags, scarves and shirts – any Leicester City memorabilia they could find, in fact – left their homes and spent the entire day on the streets of Leicester in awe of their heroes, who exhibited the silverware that confirmed their championship status.
Foxes fans climbed to the highest vantage point possible to watch their heroes tour the city.
The lead coach sailed slowly through the city centre; its bow studded with the Premier League trophy, its crew formed of Claudio Ranieri, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez et al, and a sea of Blue Army supporters carrying it to its final destination – Victoria Park.
Victoria Park had been the city’s horse racing course until 1883 – a year before the formation of Leicester Fosse – but in May 2016 welcomed a very different kind of sports team to its location.
Thousands of City fans line the streets as the coaches head towards the clock tower.
The Foxes squad, upon arrival, were escorted around the rear of the stage before being greeted by the breath-taking number of City supporters, old and new.
It wasn’t until aerial images of the site were released that the sheer magnitude of the day was encapsulated – thousands of people within the boundaries of Victoria Park and beyond.
A quarter-of-a-million people turned out to celebrate Leicester City's 2015/16 victory parade.
On stage, key figures from the Club, including the late Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, his son Khun Top, and manager Ranieri lifted the Premier League trophy to the cloudless azure sky before confetti cannons turned the air to glitter.
“Keep dreaming, don't wake up!” exclaimed Ranieri, before the jubilant scenes went up a notch as Leicester rock band Kasabian took to the stage.
Kasabian's Serge is pictured on stage in front of hundreds of thousands of City fans at Victoria Park.
“I'm the underdog, live my life on a lullaby,” screamed lead singer and City Season Ticket Holder Tom Meighan, who, fronting up the glorious show, provided the perfect soundtrack to Leicester’s 2015/16 season.
The Foxes were underdogs, yes, but come May, Leicester were the best team in the land, and by some distance.
The Leicester City squad lift the Premier League trophy to the skies at Victoria Park.
The commemoration went on well into the evening, and as the droves of City fans dispersed – whether that be to their homes or to continue their jubilant partying – the Foxes headed to Bangkok to turn the Thai capital blue for a similar celebration in front of their international fans.
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