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Leicester ‘revel in the good times’ as thousands take over the city center for the promotion party

Leicester were a sea of ​​blue as the title-winning Foxes celebrated promotion to the Premier League. Thousands turned out to watch the spectacle, with Leicester fans traveling far and wide for the occasion.

Leicester City’s parade filled the city center on Sunday (May 5) as flags, horns and Foxes shirts were in full view of Enzo Maresca’s side following their Championship triumph. Thousands were welcomed into a carnival atmosphere with sets from BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ MistaJam before the procession saw the crowds erupt in cheers.

Many had traveled from out of the county for the celebration. Chris Grice made the trip from Doncaster with his grandson as they enjoyed themselves. Chris, 71, said: “It’s great isn’t it? Immediate promotion. I wasn’t sure if we would go back right away. I continued to have doubts in the moments when we were losing, but we will enjoy it as much as possible. We will enjoy the good times.”

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Chris Grice traveled from Doncaster for the party atmosphere – Credit: Lee Garrett/Leicester Mercury

Crowds had gathered outside Leicester’s Clock Tower hours before the title-winning team arrived in the area, with the atmosphere electric for those there. There were sing-a-long sessions of football classic Sweet Caroline as the town’s Gallowtree Gate was draped in Foxes flags.

Val Kemp was among those soaking up the atmosphere. The 59-year-old told LeicestershireLive: “It’s absolutely fantastic. It’s like that every time I’ve won something and this is just as great. Nothing will top 2016 (Premier League win) but this is amazing.

“The squad is a real boost for Leicester. It’s a rollercoaster supporting them, but it’s been brilliant.”

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Val Kemp was among those who saw the celebrations – Credit: Lee Garrett/Leicester Mercury

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The crowds erupted at the sight of the Leicester City players – Credit: Lee Garrett/Leicester Mercury

As the team made their way into the city centre, the crowd’s noise levels intensified from supporters young and old. It was an occasion that many felt brought the city closer together.

Teacher Louise Ellis never doubted Leicester would be promoted and was keen to get involved in the celebrations. Louise, 34, said: “I had no doubt they would be back. Events like this are something Leicester always do well when the team wins. It’s great for the city and you can see how many people are here for it. It’s a wonderful day for all of us.”

A number of road closures were put in place to cope with the thousands of revelers. The party atmosphere continued for several hours as the Leicester City team, manager Enzo and chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha celebrated from the Haymarket balcony.

Sileby’s Peter McIntyre summed up the feelings of many fans there. He said: “Beautiful weather, brilliant team and it’s festive. I couldn’t ask for a better place.”

Photo by Louise EllisPhoto by Louise Ellis

Louise Ellis believed that the holidays brought everyone together in Leicester – Credit: Lee Garrett/Leicester Mercury

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