RUGBY-Fans in City Centre trophy parade

European Cup parade through Cardiff City Centre
Saturday 21st May, 2011 and one of the biggest weekends in the rugby world to hit the capital city for a while!

On Friday night Stade Francais took on Harlequins in The Amlin Challenge Cup Final at the Cardiff City Stadium whilst on Saturday the Northampton Saints took on Leinster in the Heineken Cup Final at the Milllennium Stadium in Cardiff.

There are estimates that around 90,000 rugby fans have decended on Cardiff for a weekend of rugby with an official handover of the Heineken Cup (Trophy) from the 2010 host city of Paris onpassed to the 2011 host city – Cardiff!

 

Former winner, Raphael Ibañez arrived via helicopter with the cup at Roald Dahl Plass around midday where it was transferred to another former winner Ieuan Evans.

The open bus tour left Cardiff Bay making it’s way up Mill Lane where it stopped for a few minutes to take in the buzzing atmosphere that was building in a very sunny, busy and boozy City Centre.
 
European Cup parade through Cardiff City Centre
European Cup parade through Cardiff City Centre
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European Cup parade through Cardiff City Centre
European Cup parade through Cardiff City Centre
Wonderbrass-European Cup parade through Cardiff City CentreIeuan Evans and Raphael Ibanez were at the front of the bus parading the trophy around the city to the delights of rugby supporters and shoppers alike.

Local brass outfit Wonderbrass were also onboard providing the musical entertainment. Click on the video below to hear some of the wonderful music Wonderbrass played and the response from the crowds that gathered.

Onwards up The Hayes and Working Street to pass Cardiff Castle to crowd lined streets and a police escort. Leigh Halfpenny, Alun-Wyn Jones, Stephen Jones and George North were all aboard the open-topped bus but no sign of Lee Byrne or James Hook! Money for old rope?
European Cup parade through Cardiff City Centre
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The tour ended up at the Heineken Cup supporters village set up in the Cardiff Arms Park pitch for all to enjoy.
View the full set of photo at:-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/djleekee/sets/72157626646492223/

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