Fans disappointed with the return of Melbourne’s AFL Grand Final parade

Tens of thousands of footy fans came to watch the AFL Grand Final Parade on Melbourne‘s Yarra River, but the new-style parade failed to score for many viewers.

The Cats and the Swans toured the banks of the Yarra in barges this year, the first time in three years that the parade has gone ahead due to COVID-19, and the first time ever on the water.

But many fans reported barely seeing the parade after the fleet turned around earlier than planned and failed to reach Princes Bridge.

The AFL Grand Final parade first floated across the Yarra River in 2022. (Nine)
The AFL Grand Final parade first floated across the Yarra River in 2022. (Nine)

The width of the Yarra also made it difficult for players from the banks to recognize that the barges were actually passing.

“It was just a complete waste of time… all the kids lined up,” one fan told 9News.

“The boat was a mile away.”

Another fan had a similar review.

“I didn’t really get to see the boats because they didn’t come close to us… it was a total disappointment,” they said.

“It’s just a fizzer,” added another

One fan said they got up at 5:30 a.m. to travel to the parade from Stawell in regional Victoria, only to not see it.

The AFL Grand Final parade first floated across the Yarra River in 2022. (Nine)

Once the players were off the water, the usual motorcade began as they traveled to the MCG.

But even some hugging the fences struggled to see, with an empty paddock separating the cars and fans.

The AFL Grand Final kicks off tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.

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