Rain on the AFL grand final paradeFriday September 28, 2012 - 14:11 EST
Thousands of dedicated AFL fans have lined the streets of Melbourne in heavy rain for the grand final parade.
It was their last chance to see Hawthorn and Sydney players before tomorrow's season-decider at the MCG.
The players were driven down Swanston and Collins Streets in cars for a presentation on the steps of the Treasury building.
Hawks fan Premila Sharma says supporters would have turned out whatever the weather.
"They need the support because if they go out and play in the hail, rain or shine, then we can show our support as members," she said.
Colin Edwards says bad weather would not stop him cheering for Hawthorn.
"I've been a Hawthorn supporter for 40-odd years, so you've got to be here," he said.
Sydney supporter Sue Whitfield says she enjoyed the parade, even though the weather was miserable.
"It's been wonderful, it's well worth it to come out. We got a bit wet, of course, but doesn't matter, because you don't get this chance very often and who cares about the weather," she said.
Claudia Swientk says she hopes the Swans get to parade again as premiers.
"We went to the coming home parade in 2005 in Sydney, so we're looking forward to that next week of course," she said.
The AFL considered cancelling the parade because of the bad weather forecast.
© ABC 2012
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