Bulldogs fans outnumber Swans at parade

Western Bulldog fans have outnumbered Sydney Swans fans 30 to one, as thousands join blue, white and red bandwagons at the AFL grand final parade.

Lining Melbourne’s streets up to the MCG, on Friday, tens of thousands of fans have used the grand final eve public holiday to show their support for the underdog team.

The Bulldogs haven’t won a grand final for 62 years.

Many long time tragic fans are hoping the bad luck will be over tomorrow.

Coming to the parade for the first time thanks to the Bulldog’s inclusion, Laurelle Mudge is expecting to make it a tradition.

“We’re getting into practice because this isn’t going to be the last time,” she told AAP.

“We’ll be here next year.”

Growing up in Footscray, Amanda Briggs says it’s hard not to get emotional.

“I was born a bulldog … It’s taken me 35 years to see this,” she said.

Fans started lining the streets from the early hours of the morning, hoping to get a good vantage point.

It was mostly a family affair, with young children lapping up the atmosphere and kicking Sherrins along the parade perimeter.

As the 44 players started making their way down the strip, the biggest roar of applause was saved for Bulldogs coach Luke Beverage who rode alongside the team’s stand-in captain, Easton Wood.

The Swans were also popular, with many travelling from interstate to build up the red and white presence.

Driving all the way from Wollongong, the Walker family admit they feel a bit outnumbered.

“We saw a red enclave and we thought we’d join in,” Marianne Walker said.

As the parade wrapped up, the huge cohort started walking up to the MCG.

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