Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has led the “Celebrate ’28” parade through the Californian city as organizers continue to mark being awarded the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The parade took place during the Los Angeles County Fair and began its circuit at the Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex.
Also taking part in the parade was Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson.
Members of the Los Angeles 2028 team and the Los Angeles 84 Foundation also participated.
The foundation supports Southern Californian youth sports organisations through grants while also training coaches, commissioning research, convening conferences and acting on youth sports issues.
“I think people are so excited to bring the Olympics back home to Los Angeles,” Garcetti said, according to CBS Los Angeles.
“A town that has Olympics in their DNA.
“Most importantly we want to build the Olympics in the next generation.”
The historic decision to officially award the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles was made earlier this week.
It came after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session rubber-stamped the agreement between the two cities and the IOC by a show of hands.
The ratification of the agreement came after it was approved at an Extraordinary IOC Session in Lausanne in July, paving the way for the IOC to award two editions of the Games at the same time.
The Californian city will welcome the Olympic Games for a third time, after also playing host in 1932 and 1984, and the Paralympic Games for the first time.
By Max Winters
Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz.