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The arrival of the America's Cup in Bermuda today will herald a day of joyful celebrations across the Island.

The oldest trophy in international sport is due to touch down at LF Wade International Airport at 2pm on a private jet from New York.

The arrival of the Auld Mug in Bermuda will signal the beginning of a series of events to mark the historic achievement.

Premier Michael Dunkley urged Bermudians yesterday to join in the many festivities arranged.

“Tomorrow is an opportunity for all of Bermuda to come out and celebrate this monumental achievement,” he said.

“This is a time for us to come together in a spirit of unity to bask in our collective success.

“I hope to see as many people as possible tomorrow night along Front Street because this truly is a historical moment for Bermuda.”

Dr Grant Gibbons, Minister for Economic Development, and Shawn Crockwell, Minister of Tourism Development, will both be at the airport to welcome the team escorting the Cup.

It will be accompanied by Sir Russell Coutts, Harvey Schiller and members of the Oracle team. The group will be travelling in a police-led motorcade from the airport and will head to the Cabinet Office on Front Street.

The vehicles will be driven by some of the Island's schools so that students can see the America's Cup as it passes by.

Once at the Cabinet Office, the Premier will host a special press conference to officially receive the trophy.

Later, a special block party will be held on Front Street for the public.

The event will feature the Bermuda Regiment Band, Gombeys, fire dancers and live music from local band Working Title. A star attraction will be a celebratory three-cannon salute and a spectacular fireworks display. Road closures on Front Street will take effect from 5.30pm.

The route taken by the motorcade will be: From L.F. Wade along North Shore Road, then along Middle Road once the convoy passes through Flatts. It will then continue along Middle Road to Montpelier Road, on to Frog Lane and along Palmetto Road. It will then turn left down Dock Hill left on to North Shore Road and left on to Berkeley Road, left on to St John's Road and right on to Woodlands Road. It will then turn left at roundabout on to Serpentine Road and then on to Dundonald Street, taking a right on to Court Street before heading to the Cabinet Grounds.

Photo © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget And the winner is: Skipper Max Sirena congratulates Hollywood star Michael Douglas on Bermuda's selection as race host. Mr Douglas, accompanied by his wife Catherine Zeta Jones, was one of the many big names at yesterday's announcement.

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Published December 03, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 03, 2014 at 1:56 am)

Auld Mug arrives in Bermuda today

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