Fresh off their second Premier League title in three seasons, Manchester City rang in their new championship trophy with thousands of their fans in a parade Monday evening that ran across the city.
The Citizens took home the 2013-14 EPL title in impressive fashion after only leading the Premier League table for a grand total of 15 days. In doing so, they completed the domestic double—the Premier League and the Capital One Cup—for the first time in 134 years.
Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero and all the newly dubbed champions took to the streets of Manchester on Monday, and flocks of fans flooded the streets with them to celebrate the feat.
Here are some first-person views from the City bus as they drove through Manchester:
It was the second title in three years for City, but it also marked just the second championship since 1968 for the club that saw plenty of downsides in the 40-plus years between lifting the top trophy.
That gave fans even more of a reason to come out in droves to celebrate the 2013-14 title:
The festivities started off with some tunes, as some bands took to the stage in front of thousands of fans. The celebration was already happening, and the players were still on their way.
Then came the champions:
Manchester City's Instagram account captured the team as they faced fans for the first time, and then when they left the stage for the bus:
Once they flashed the trophy to the fans and the confetti fell, the players hopped on the bus and headed to the streets, where thousands of fans awaited to cheer them on.
Nasri was one of the first to catch the glimpse from the bus:
Many Manchester City players were celebrating their second Premier League title, but not Martin Demichelis, who won his first EPL championship after coming over from Atletico Madrid in 2013:
Joining Demichelis as a first-time Premier League title-winner was manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean manager's turnaround of the club in his first year resulted in getting City back to the top of the league table:
It's also safe to say Edin Dzeko was enjoying the moment:
As was Vincent Kompany:
Micah Richards, who is likely headed toward his City exit after 11 years, per the Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler, celebrated perhaps one last blue-clad parade with this tweet:
The celebrating went on into the late evening:
The Premier League looked destined to be won for a large portion of the season by either Arsenal or Liverpool, but Manchester City never went away. Staying near the top of the table and maintaining a few games in hand for much of the league slate, there remained hope for a late push.
The title looked improbable after a 3-2 loss to Liverpool in April, but the Reds' later loss to Chelsea allowed City to step back into control. Results in their last six league games—and wins in the last five—were enough to lock up the title.
Sergio Aguero, who scored 17 goals in 20 starts this EPL season despite being injured throughout, implored fans beforehand to come join the celebration:
Even after the exciting parade that lasted into the night, one of the best pictures from Manchester City's title victory had to be the invading of the pitch by fans immediately after their 2-0 win against West Ham on Sunday.
City still have some looking forward to do for next season as they can hope to compete better in the Champions League—which they were bounced from by Barcelona in the round of 16. But after completing the rare domestic double and winning the title of the world's most competitive football league, 2014 wasn't too shabby of a year for the Citizens.
Many of their neighbors from the city of Manchester may have opted not to view the celebrations, but Manchester City certainly rang in their title in style Monday evening.