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Thousands turn out to acclaim AFL premiers

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Swans handed keys to the city

Sydney turned on strawberries and cream for the Swans' celebration of their 2012 AFL premiership win.

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Several thousand people have turned out in the heart of Sydney to acclaim new AFL premiers, the Sydney Swans.

The players and coach John Longmire were driven in several cars from the Rocks area through to Sydney Town Hall.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell was among the dignitaries at Town Hall, where he paid tribute to a ''team of champions.''

John Longmire and Jarrad McVeigh celebrate with fans at the parade.

John Longmire and Jarrad McVeigh celebrate with fans at the parade. Photo: Getty Images

Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh thanked his teammates ''for an unbelievable year.''

The players clearly enjoyed the reception they got from the crowd during the street parade as red and white bunting cascaded down on them on a very warm spring afternoon.

''It's just wonderful, it's so humbling to have so much support here in Sydney,'' said utility Lewis Roberts-Thomson one of the Sydney raised players in the squad.

Players from the Sydney Swans during the parade in Sydney today. Click for more photos

Sydney Swans victory parade

Fans cheered on as the Sydney Swans travelled down George Street during their victory parade. Photos by Dallas Kilponen. Follow us at http://twitter.com/photosSMH Selected Images available from www.fairfaxsyndication.com Identifier Photo: Dallas Kilponen

''It's great we can share this with all our supporters. It's great to see people here decked in their red and white.''

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