AFL Grand Final parade flops as Yarra River experiment leaves fans gathered on the banks tens of metres away from stars

Thousands of avid AFL fans have gathered on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River to see their idols from the Geelong Cats and Sydney Swans ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Final.

The parade is the first time it has occurred in Melbourne since 2019 after the 2020 match was moved to Brisbane and the 2021 Grand Final to Perth amid COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.

Despite huge numbers of fans turning out for the parade, the AFL’s decision to move away from the traditional structure has been slammed.

The two teams floated down a stretch of the Yarra on barges – dozens of meters away from the…

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