Leicester misses out on Olympic homecoming parade

Leicester will not get to host the Olympic homecoming parade, with Manchester chosen for the honour. The city had bid to host the parade for Team GB Olympians and Paralympians returning from Rio.

Both Leicester and Leeds has been suggested as alternatives to Manchester due to their sporting heritage but Manchester is the home of British Cycling and also British Taekwondo.

A further national event will be held in London, Theresa May has announced.

The Prime Minister said that both events would take place in October after the Paralympians have returned from the games in Rio.


“It will be a celebration fit for heroes – and rightly so, because that is exactly what they are,” Mrs May said.

The decision to stage the main parade in Manchester follows calls for it to be held outside the capital to reflect the contribution made by athletes from across the UK.