All Whites Street Parade

22 July 2010

A street parade was attended by an estimated 20,000 people yesterday (21.07.10) to welcome home the All Whites and celebrate their World Cup success during a week of football fever in the city.

(from left to right) All Whites Tim Brown, Ben Sigmund and Coach Ricki Herbert

(from left to right) All Whites Tim Brown, Ben Sigmund and Coach Ricki Herbert

The parade also celebrated the Phoenix game against the Argentinean team Boca Juniors this Friday (23.07.10). All Whites, Phoenix, Boca Junior players and All Whites coach Ricki Herbert took part in the parade.

Prime Minister John Key waved the team off from Parliament's forecourt at 12.30pm. The team made their way down Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Mercer Street before being met by Mayor Kerry Prendergast and John Key in Civic Square.

Fans were able to get autographs of their favourite players after the parade in Civic Square. Non-Wellington based All Whites Ivan Vicelich and Aaron Clapham were in attendance and US based Simon Elliott flew in from the United States.

Tim Crooks, Council Events Project Manager, says the parade was a fantastic way to round off an awe-inspiring World Cup campaign from the All Whites and a chance for Wellingtonians to show how proud they are. "It's time for the fans to dust off their All Whites shirts from last November when we beat Bahrain at the stadium - this is where it all started."

There was also an Argentinean flavour to the parade with music and tango dancers. Tickertape cannons showered the players with yellow, black, blue and white confetti as they came into Civic Square.

The Phoenix will play the Boca Juniors at Westpac Stadium this Friday (23.07.10). Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

The match promises to be full of excitement and South American flair, and marks the first time many of the Phoenix's six All Whites will have pulled on the black and yellow of the Phoenix since returning from the World Cup.

Boca Juniors is one of the most prestigious and successful football clubs in the world, having won a record-breaking 18 international titles. Boasting current Argentinean superstars Juan Roman Riquelme and Martin Palermo, Boca is also the past club of one of the greatest players the world has ever seen, Diego Maradona.

Fans can meet the Boca squad at an open training session the team will be having at Westpac Stadium today (22.07.10) at 4.00pm.