LEICESTER, England — An estimated 240,000 people turned out to watch Leicester's players parade the Premier League trophy in an open-top bus tour through the streets of the city in central England on Monday.
Leicester captain Wes Morgan said "looking out, you feel very proud seeing all the people, flags, everyone enjoying themselves, and it shows what we have achieved this season."
Leicester started the season as a 5,000-1 longshot to win the title, having only narrowly avoided relegation at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
Leicester City fans gather to celebrate their team winning the English Premier League, in Victoria Park, Leicester, England, after the open top bus parade through the city centre, Monday May 16, 2016. Photo: Tim Goode / Associated Press
A party atmosphere built throughout the day as supporters gathered to watch the bus — with the players and trophy aboard — carve a route through the city center. The club's Thai owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was on the bus.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said "it's unbelievable. All the city is here."
Hours later, Ranieri was named manager of the year by the English League Managers Association, only the second non-Briton to earn the award.
Arsene Wenger was the first, in 2002 and 2004.
Ranieri received three manager of the month awards during the season, and was chosen Italian manager of the year in his homeland last month.
Leicester City's manager Claudio Ranieri. left, and captain Wes Morgan hold up the trophy on stage as they celebrate winning the English Premier league title at Victoria Park in Leicester, Monday, May 16, 2016. Photo: Nick Potts / Associated Press
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