America's Cup: Team New Zealand requests no parade in event of victory

There will be no ticker-tape parade down Queen Street if Team New Zealand wins the Americas Cup this year.
The crew has made a request to Auckland Council that no such official celebration will take place.

Team New Zealand has six wins under its belt in the first to seven competition, and racing is set to begin on Wednesday afternoon off Auckland's East Coast Bays.

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The traditional victory parade if Team New Zealand secure the Americas Cup will not take place this year.

Ticker-tape parades are a tradition for victorious New Zealand teams competing in the America's Cup.

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Following previous wins, the crew has taken the Auld Mug through central Auckland streets.

But Auckland Unlimited spokesperson Steve Armitage confirmed there are no plans for a parade in Auckland.

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Team NZ competes against Luna Rossa in race two of the America's Cup in Auckland.

"We're focused on the day ahead of us. If there is an outcome today weve been working with the event to plan for an appropriate celebration tonight to acknowledge the success of the team and thank Aucklanders for their support of the event, he said.

"Along with the presentation of the Cup, key landmarks around the city will be lit up and a fireworks display on the Waitemat will signal the successful end to an amazing event."

Armitage said additional support has been put into the final nights proceedings to "bring the city to life.

The last parade took place in 2017 after Team New Zealand was victorious in Bermuda. Fans flocked to downtown Auckland to get a glimpse of the team and the trophy.


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