Thousands of fans lined the Yarra River to watch the players pass by on boats for this year’s grand final parade, but many were disappointed by the decision to turn the flotilla away before it reached a key vantage point.
Fans who gathered at the Princes Street Bridge on Friday to get a close-up look at the Geelong and Sydney players on the river were disappointed to see the boats turned around long before they reached the bridge.
Spectators packed up to five people onto the bridge only to watch the pontoons turn around earlier than they expected.
Twitter user Milly wrote: “Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute The boats turned around much earlier than anyone in this photo who has been waiting in your “viewing areas” for hours.
It is the first time in three years that the grand final parade has been held in Melbourne, after the 2020 and 2021 events in 2020 and 2021.
A flotilla with players on pontoons participated for the first time in the renewed parade.
However, not everyone was disappointed. Sydney fans the Brewers have supported the club since they were based in South Melbourne.
David Brewer said he couldn’t have a better team to support.