Leicester turned blue once again as their champion football team paraded their Premier League title throughout the city. Following an open-bus-parade, Leicester City mega-fans and Leicester natives Kasabian turned up to play a few songs for the 240,000 fans who had come out to celebrate the side’s surprise league win. Check out our pictures from Leicester’s momentous day.
After winning the Premier League in one of the greatest against-the-odds victories in sporting history, Leicester City celebrated in the sunshine with an open-top-bus parade and a victory concert in front of an estimated 240,000 people in Leicester’s Victoria Park.
Fans lined the streets as the improbable heroes paraded the trophy throughout the city centre.
The side were crowned champions a week earlier at their final home game of the season against Everton. Italian opera singer Andrea Botticelli was invited to sing at the game by fellow countryman and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who later lifted the club’s first Premier League title.
As a result of their victory, the side will play Champions League football throughout Europe next season for the very first time. The city of Leicester is set to benefit from a huge economic boost due to the arrival of travelling fans and tourists to the King Power Stadium when the competition begins later this year.
Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno wasn’t surprised by the massive turn-out, and said that City’s victory had transformed his home city. “It’s unbelievable what it’s done for the town,” he said.
After the team raised the trophy on the stage, City fans Kasabian appeared for a short surprise set, playing ‘Underdog’, ‘Eez-Eh’, ‘L.S.F.’ and ‘Fire’.
Speaking of the city, Serge said: “It’s a proper underdog town, but it’s having a little moment. A lot of the big cities get used to this kind of thing, but now there’s a proper light being shone on Leicester.”
The team’s nickname, the Foxes, clearly inspired this avid fan to bring a fake fox to the raucous celebrations in Leicester’s Victoria Park.
In June 2014, the group played a massive gig of their own in Victoria Park to 35,000 revellers before headlining Glastonbury later that month.
Kasabian will keep the victory party going with their own shows at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on 28 and 29 May.