America's Cup parade all go in Dunedin

The weather Gods have held off in Dunedin, allowing thousands of fans to line the streets to celebrate Team New Zealand's America's Cup victory.

Their chance to see the team and the Auld Mug in the flesh was in limbo on Thursday morning after a wintry blast across the South Island in recent days.

But with no snow or ice in sight, the Dunedin City Council gave the parade the green light to go-ahead.

The Dunedin parade began at midday, starting at the Dental School before proceeding down George St towards the Octagon where they were officially welcomed to the city and showered in confetti.

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Confetti dropped out of the sky as the team made it to the Octagon. Photo credit: Dave Goosselink/Newshub

The crowd packed out the main street and braved the bitterly cold 7degC temperature to meet the team, which won the Auld Mug for the first time in 17 years after beating Oracle Team USA 7-1 in Bermuda in June.

It'll be even sweeter for Team New Zealand today, as they parade through the city where Oracle Team USA boss, Sir Russell Coutts, spent parts of his childhood growing up while attending Otago Boys' High School.

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Ben Smith, Malakai Fekitoa and Lima Sopoaga celebrate winning the Super Rugby title during the victory parade in 2015. Photo credit: Getty

It is the first time a major sporting parade has been held in the city since the Highlanders victorious 2015 Super Rugby campaign celebrations.

However later that same year, Dunedin was snubbed for a victory parade by the Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks who held parades in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

It was the second time the southerners missed out on seeing the Webb Ellis Cup after also missing out in 2011.