Pa­rade route con­firmed

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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.

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