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AFL to drop grand final parade due to COVID concerns

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6th September, 2021

The AFL is reportedly set to forgo its traditional grand final parade for a second consecutive year.

Perth had hoped to host a parade through its CBD as part of its build-up to hosting the grand final at Optus Stadium for the first time.

But The West Australian reported the AFL had instead opted for a free ticketed event, where the two teams would be presented inside an enclosed or fenced space.

“We’re disappointed, but we understand it’s the AFL’s call to make,” Perth Lord Mayor Zempilas told The West Australian.

“We were confident a grand final parade could be delivered safely through the city streets and give the maximum number of West Australians the chance to be part of the grand final experience.

“But we appreciate in this environment the AFL have chosen a more conservative path and we respect their right to do that.

“We will work with the AFL to help deliver an alternate event where the grand final players and premiership cup can still be presented on stage to a ticketed or fenced-off crowd.”

A ticketed event, which would likely be held at one of RAC Arena, Langley Park or Supreme Court Gardens on either the Thursday or Friday before the grand final, allows for a list of registered attendees.