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Pictured: Triumphant Olympic and Paralympic athletes parade through London

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic gold medal winning Heptathlete Jessica Ennis holds her gold medal as she takes part in the parade passing Royal Courts of Justice during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Davies - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Boxer Nicola Adams holds her gold medal as she takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
A general view of the crowd in the City of London, as a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes makes its way through London
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic swimmer gold medalist Rebecca Adlington waves to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: The Victory Parade passes along Fleet Street during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: The Victory Parade passes along Fleet Street during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: The crowd cheers during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Performers of The Victory Parade pass along Fleet Street during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Gymnasts Beth Tweedle and Louis Smith smile during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Three Day Eventer Zara Phillips holds her silver medal as she takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Diver Tom Daley holds his bronze medal as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Three Day Eventer Zara Phillips and diver Tom Daley smile as they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: The crowd cheers during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British quadruple gold medal winning Paralympian David Weir shows his four gold medals as he takes part in the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Davies - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic gold medal winning archer Danielle Brown holds her gold medal and waves to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic gold medal winning cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton wave to the fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Dwain Chambers waves to the crowds as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Boxer Luke Campbell holds his gold medal as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds waves during a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes, Mansion House, London
Sir Chris Hoy waves to the crowds during a parade passed Mansion House, London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Triathletes Jonathan Brownlee and Alistair Brownlee show their medals to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic gold medal winning athlete Greg Rutherford holds his long jump gold medal as he takes part in the parade passing St Paul's Cathedral during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Davies - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Gymnasts Beth Tweddle (left) and Louis Smith wave to the crowds as they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.
Mo Farah takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.
British Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton waves to the fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England.
British Paralympic gold medal winning wheelchair athlete David Weir wears his four gold medals as he waves to the fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England.
British Olympic gold medal winning archer Danielle Brown holds her gold medal and waves to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England.
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds waves during a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes, Mansion House, London.
Diver Tom Daley holds his Bronze medal during a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes, Mansion House, London.
Heptathlete Jessica Ennis takes part in a parade passed the Royal Courts of Justice, London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.
Jonathan (left) and Alistair Brownlee wave to the crowds wearing their medals during a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes, near Mansion House, London.
Triathletes Jonathan (left) and Alistair Brownlee hold their medals as they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Boxer Luke Campbell holds his gold medal as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.
Dwain Chambers waves to the crowds as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.
Crowds line the route of the Great Britain Athletes Victory Parade, outside the Mansion House in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Crowds line the route of the Great Britain Athletes Victory Parade, outside the Mansion House in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Crowds with flags line the route of the Great Britain Athletes Victory Parade near St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Crowds line the route of the Great Britain Athletes Victory Parade, outside the Mansion House in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
A gamesmaker wears a Rio 2016 inspired hat along route of the Great Britain Athletes Victory Parade, outside the Mansion House in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks illuminate the sky above the Olympic Park during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Mayor of London Boris Johnson, President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremonyduring the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Mayor of London Boris Johnson, President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremonyduring the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Mayor of London Boris Johnson, President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremonyduring the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: A general view during the Closing Ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: A general view during the Closing Ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Swimmer Eleanor Simmonds of Great Britain enjoys the atmosphere with fellow Team GB Paralympians during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium as dancers perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna, Jay-Z and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Swimmer Eleanor Simmonds and athlete Jonnie Peacock light torches from the flame of the Paralympic cauldron as it is extinguished during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Mayor of London Boris Johnson, President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremony during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Mayor of London Boris Johnson, President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremony during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks illuminate the sky above the Olympic Park during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Paralympians enjoy the atmosphere during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Artists representing Rio 2016 peform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Artists representing Rio 2016 peform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Spectators leave the stadium after the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Dancers perform under water spray during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: LOCOG Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe addresses the crowd as President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE looks on during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE addresses the crowd asLOCOG Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe looks on during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks illuminate the sky above the Olympic Park after the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: A general view of the show during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jay-Z and Rihanna perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jay-Z performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium as dancers perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Paralympians enjoy the atmosphere during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jay-Z and Rihanna perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jay-Z and Rihanna perform with Will Champion and Chris Martin of Coldplay (L) during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Chris Martin, Will Champion, Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Paralympians leave the stadium after the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Paralympians leave the stadium after the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
The closing ceremony of the Paralympics has been dubbed the Festival of Flame
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Circus artists perform using a motorcycle during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Athlete David Weir and cyclist Sarah Storey of Great Britain carry the flag join fellow flagbearers during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (R-L) Guy Berryman, Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie addresses the crowd during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Mayor of London Boris Johnson, former mayor Ken Livingstone and Labour leader Ed Miliband pose at the Olympic Stadium as they attend the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, on September 09, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Will Champion, Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE arrive in the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (R) look on during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: A heart of flames is displayed on the arena floor during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Captain Luke Sinnott climbs to hang the Union Flag during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Flame throwers light up the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Athlete David Weir and cyclist Sarah Storey of Great Britain carry the flag join fellow flagbearers during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE observe the National Anthem during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Paralympic cauldron flame burns during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Clouds move accross the evening sky above the Olympic Park ahead of the the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The sun sets over the Olympic Park ahead of the the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Circus artists perform using a motorcycle during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Paralympians enjoy the atmosphere during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Chris Martin (R) and Will Champion of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Britain's sporting heroes are saluted today as a huge precession snakes its way through the streets of London.

Olympic and Paralympic heroes will be celebrated at the end of a sparkling summer of British sport.

Last night the curtain came down on the Paralympic Games in a stunning closing ceremony.

And today the celebrations spill out onto the streets of the capital as tens of thousands are expected to turn out to watch The Greatest Team Parade.

Athletes will travel on 21 open-top floats, grouped in alphabetical order by their sport.

The stars of the Olympics' Super Saturday will be on the first three floats.

The first will include Mo Farah, the Olympic 5,000 and 10,000m winner, followed by heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis, with long jump champion Greg Rutherford in the third float.

Team GB's cycling stars Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Laura Trott and Victoria Pendleton will be in float seven, followed by double equestrian gold-medal winner Charlotte Dujardin, rowing champion Katherine Grainger, Ben Ainslie, Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, and triathlon gold medallist Alistair Brownlee.

Paralympians Hannah Cockcroft, Jody Cundy, Sophie Christiansen and Jonnie Peacock will also take part in the parade.

British Airways will lead a flypast with the Red Arrows during the event after receiving special permission to fly over The Mall.

The flame-coloured Firefly A319 aircraft, which was used to bring the Olympic Flame to the UK at the start of the Games, will display a special "thank you" message on its underbelly.

During its 20-minute journey, it will pass over the Olympic Park at 3.40pm before reaching The Mall a minute later.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: "This summer our great city has hosted an unbelievable spectacle of sport and thousands will want to celebrate the achievements of our athletes by coming to the parade.

"It promises to be an incredible afternoon but I do want to remind people coming that we expect the route to be extremely busy and planning ahead is absolutely crucial if they are going to be able to make the most of their day."

The parade will include more than 90% of Britain's medal winners.

Organisers have warned there will be extensive road closures around the route of the parade, which starts from Mansion House in the City at 1.30pm.

Members of the public will be able to watch the parade as it travels along Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street, passing St Paul's Cathedral, continuing along Fleet Street, past Aldwych and into The Strand, before reaching Trafalgar Square.

A big screen at the base of Nelson's Column, with live commentary, will allow spectators to cheer on the athletes as the parade makes its way past Trafalgar Square, a Greater London Authority (GLA) spokesman said.

From Trafalgar Square, the athletes will go through Admiralty Arch into The Mall, travelling down to the Queen Victoria Memorial.

Most roads along the route will close at 11am, with those around Guildhall and Gresham Street in the City set to shut at 6am.

An area from Admiralty Arch to the Queen Victoria Memorial will be ticket-only and reserved for groups who had made "an invaluable contribution to the Games and the success of our athletes", the GLA said.

This will include 14,000 volunteers, members of the blue light services, military personnel, Team GB and ParalympicsGB coaches and support staff, friends and family of the athletes and schoolchildren from every London borough.

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