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Manchester City victory parade

Monday 20 May 2019

On Monday 20 May, Manchester City will hold a parade to celebrate this year's trophy haul.

An open top bus tour will take place in the city centre along with a supporting event at Manchester Cathedral.


A stage show at the Cathedral will kick things off at 5pm, with the parade itself beginning at 6pm and departing from the Town Hall.

The bus will then make its way past Peter Street and travel down Deansgate before ending at the Cathedral at 6.45pm.

The players will then be presented on stage at 7pm, with the event scheduled to finish at 7.30pm.

Manchester City FC Parade (Blue Monday) 2019 (1)

Travel to the event

With thousands of fans visiting the city centre, traffic will be significantly more than usual.

Fans are advised to travel by public transport or on foot where possible.

If you cannot avoid driving, a free Park and Ride site is available in the Blue car parks at the Etihad Stadium. Fans will then be able to make onward travel from the Etihad Campus stop to the city centre.



If you cannot avoid driving, a free Park and Ride site is available in the Blue car parks at the Etihad Stadium. Fans will then be able to make onward travel from the Etihad Campus stop to the city centre.

Journeys take less than 10 minutes from Etihad Campus to Manchester city centre.


Metrolink operates a zonal fare system with Etihad Campus located in zone 2.

  • Travel from the Etihad to the city centre will require a zone 1+2 ticket.
    For an adult will be £2.80 for a zone 1+2 single ticket or £3.40 for a zone 1+2 1-day travelcard (off-peak).
    A family 1-day travelcard for zones 1+2 (off-peak) will be £5 and covers groups of one to three children (under 16) travelling with one or two adults.

  • For further information and a full list of zones and ticket prices, visit the dedicated Metrolink ticket zone page.

  • You can find out more about purchasing Metrolink tickets by visiting the tickets and passes page.

  • You can buy a ticket on the day from the ticket machines on all stop platforms or on your smartphone via the get me there app (Google Play and Apple App stores).

  • You must have a valid ticket before you board a tram. Please be aware that ticket checks take place across the network.


There will be a number of bus diversions and road closures for the parade. As a result there is likely to be an impact on surrounding roads.

  • Whitworth Street is expected to be much busier than usual due to diverting traffic from Deansgate and the Inner Ring Road.

  • The Mancunian Way (westbound) will be significantly busier than usual between 5pm and 6pm.

  • Journey times on Trinity Way (southbound) could take twice in the evening.

  • Journey times on Cheetham Hill Road and Oldham Road are expected to be significantly longer than usual after 5pm.

MCFC Parade congestion map 1000px

Road closures

A number of road closures will be in place from 1pm until approximately 9pm:

  • Princess Street
  • Albert Square
  • Mount Street
  • Peter Street/Oxford Street
  • Deansgate
  • Quay Street
  • John Dalton Street (access gate for general traffic) heavy delays expected
  • Bridge Street
  • Blackfriars Road
  • Blackfriars Street
  • Victoria Bridge Street
  • Chapel Street/Victoria Street
  • Cathedral Gardens

Access will be maintained across Deansgate until 5pm.

Bus diversions

The following bus services will be diverted: 8, 10, 27, 34, 36, 37, 38, 44, 50, 59, 67, 84, 93, 96, 97, 98, 100, 191, 197, Free Bus 1 & 2, V1, V2, X41, X43 and MT1 Tour bus.

View our bus diversion document for full details of the affected services and replacement bus stops.


Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria.

The following companies operate into Manchester:

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times on the National Rail website before you travel.

National Rail will always have the latest information on rail services. Follow them on Twitter in advance of your journey @nationalrailenq.

Making travel easier

TfGM is aiming to make travel easier by:

  • Providing additional support on social media channels @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day.
  • Helping to raise awareness of the road closures associated with city centre events by advising people of what they can do to make their journey easier.
  • Liaising with transport operators and Greater Manchester Police during event operations.
  • Working with Metrolink to add extra capacity when it’s needed, especially at peak periods on the busiest lines.
  • Enhanced monitoring at its network control centre so UTC Engineers can optimise traffic flows by altering signal timings.
  • Providing travel advice and easy to follow maps.