Parade route confirmed
Fans of Team New Zealand will line the streets of central Auckland for a welcome home parade when the team returns after victory over Oracle in Bermuda.
The parade has been confirmed for Thursday, starting at 12.30pm from the corner of Wakefield St and Queen St.
From there, it will travel down Queen St, turning right into Customs St East, into Gore St and will finish on Quay St at the Princes Wharf/Eastern Viaduct intersection.
The team will then take the parade onto the water from the Viaduct Basin for a sail past on the harbour.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said he was looking forward to welcoming the team and the Auld Mug back to Auckland.
‘‘While Queen St was originally ruled out as a parade route, city agencies have worked collaboratively to bring the parade down Auckland’s main street in the heart of the city, which is also synonymous with past America’s Cup successes.’’
Organisers arranged the parade for mid-week so the sailors can get back to their families as soon as possible.
People attending the parade were encouraged to use public transport to avoid congestion in the busy central city.
Aucklanders will be the first to welcome the Auld Mug home.