Arsenal FC will be playing in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday 17 May. If they win, a celebratory parade will take place in Islington the following day, Sunday 18 May 2014.
This will be an exciting day for the borough and if the parade goes ahead we are expecting large crowds to want to celebrate with the team. The council will be working closely with Arsenal FC and police to ensure that if the parade goes ahead it is a safe and enjoyable event.
To help us to coordinate this there will be a number of road closures, parking restrictions and changes to public transport, in and around the parade route. Whether you are hoping to come to watch the parade or whether you live, or run a business locally, read on for more information to help you plan for the day.
You may also want to check Arsenal FC's website, www.arsenal.com for updates too.
Timetable and route
The players will travel from the Emirates Stadium to Islington Town Hall, Upper Street and back in two open top buses. The approximate timings are listed below:
11am: the parade starts next to the stadium at Drayton Park, by Martineau Road. From here the players will travel in open top buses along Drayton Park, Aubert Park, Highbury Park, Highbury Grove, St Paul’s Road and into Upper Street.
12noon: the parade will arrive at the Town Hall, where there will be a short appearance by the players outside. This will be followed by a closed reception in Islington Assembly Hall, before the parade returns back to the stadium.
2pm: there will be a team appearance on the Emirates Stadium podium. Viewing will be from the area in front of the Armoury store and the adjacent street.
3pm: the celebration ends.
Road closures and parking
If the parade happens, there will be road closures and parking restrictions on the route of the parade from 9am.
We expect all restrictions to be lifted by 3pm. This is apart from those in the area around the Emirates Stadium which should be lifted by 5pm.
A map of the route and road closures will be available here shortly.
If the road you live or work on is closed, access will not be possible after 9am until the parade is over, so please make extra allowances for this. Residents parking restrictions will apply as normal.
A large number of people will want to travel to the area, so it is likely that there will be delays and changes to public transport.
Many buses will be diverted and London Underground will be making special arrangements to accommodate the crowds, but you should expect disruption to all forms of public transport for much of the day.
It is also expected that Holloway Road station will be closed for access from 2pm to 4pm.
If you are planning to travel through the area we would advise that you leave extra time for your journey and avoid using transport around the main parade areas.
You can find up to date information about any changes to public transport on the day at www.tfl.gov.uk
Safety at the parade
If the parade takes place, the priority will be making sure residents, visitors and property are safe. Special arrangements have been made for the day and there will be stewards and police on hand to assist us in managing the event.
We will be putting up barriers and cordons to help manage crowds and protect property. Please be vigilant and consider your own safety and the safety of others around you:
Don’t bring any glass or alcohol with you. Islington is a Controlled Drinking Zone, meaning drinking on the street is not allowed and if the police or stewards see you you may be asked to pour it away.
Check the weather. If it is hot make sure you take precautions, wear sunscreen and bring water to keep well hydrated.
Don't climb on walls, fences and roofs to get it a better view. It is dangerous and you will be able to see the parade easily from the ground.
Avoid bringing very small children, or buggies and prams with you. It will be very crowded, difficult to manoeuvre and may be scary for young children.
If you live along or near the route please take reasonable steps to protect your own property. If anyone tries to use your property to see the parade, or if you witness something you feel is dangerous notify the nearest police officer or stewards, or call us on 020 7527 2000.
We will have extra resources available to clean the streets of litter and debris and remove the barriers once the parade is over. Our aim is to get the streets clean and back to normal as quickly as possible after the event.
This webpage will be kept up-to-date with useful information about the parade. You can also check our frequently asked questions if you can't find what you need here.
Alternatively, if you have a specific query about these arrangements, please call Contact Islington on 020 7527 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.