Team Scotland Athletes Parade Announced
The Team Scotland Athletes' Parade, organised by sportscotland, will be held in Glasgow on Friday, August 15 as an exciting finale to the Commonwealth Games.
The route will start at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum at 4.15pm before the seven-strong fleet of vehicles travel through the city to the finish at George Square.
Members of the public are being encouraged to line the route, giving the athletes an opportunity to thank them for their support throughout the 11 days of the upcoming Games.
Athletes are expected to arrive at George Square at around 5.30pm, where they will be welcomed by an anticipated 5,000 strong audience.
George Square will be a ticketed event, with a number of media outlets set to give away 1,500 of the tickets to members of the public through competitions.
An allocation of 2,500 tickets will also be provided to Games volunteers, with the athletes' family and friends completing the audience.
Announcing the plans for the parade, Jon Doig, Team Scotland Chef de Mission, said:
"The Athletes' Parade is an exciting opportunity for Team Scotland to thank the people of Scotland for their backing throughout the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Their support is vital, roaring on our athletes as they proudly compete for Scotland and the Parade will be a fitting finale, where everyone can share in the moment and celebrate the achievements of the Games."
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said:
"The Games are going to be a defining moment for Scottish sport and I can't wait for them to begin.
"The excitement and enthusiasm is growing across the country and will continue to build throughout the 11 days of competition. It is wonderful that this parade will give the people of Scotland the chance to come out to salute their heroes after the Games and allow the athletes the opportunity to thank Scots for their support.
"I'd urge people from across Scotland to come and be part of this special day, as Scotland celebrates its greatest ever sporting year."
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said:
"The parade's atmosphere will be unbelievable. We have already seen the huge numbers of people across Scotland coming out to cheer the baton relay and this is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Scotland to once again show their support and appreciation for all of Team Scotland - not just the athletes but also those who will have contributed to the success. Glasgow will deliver the best Games ever and the people help make that happen. It's only fitting that both athletes and the public can say a big thank you to each other."
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:
"Glasgow's Games will be the best there have ever been. It will be a sporting event like no other with Team Scotland set to lead the medal charge in front of the best fans in the world.
"Glasgow is known the world over for its love of sport and nowhere will that be more evident than at the Athletes' Parade through our city's streets. It will give the people of Glasgow one final chance to be part of our Games and to celebrate with the stars of Team Scotland.
"It will be the perfect finale to the best ever Games."