UPDATE: The streets of Melbourne are awash with purple this morning after thousands of Fremantle fans arrive to watch the grand final parade.
While the Dockers cooled off before the annual celebration with a dip at St Kilda Beach, thousands of supporters began to line the route from early on.
They might be in the Hawks territory but the amount of purple scarves, jumpers and flags are rivalling the gold and brown.
Making sure they got prime position this morning was City Beach couple Laine and Greg Johnston, who are foundation Fremantle members.
"It's been quite a wait but it's worth it. For them to make the grand final is a huge achievement but the cream on the cake would be to win it," Mr Johnston said.
The couple said they had been overwhelmed by the level of support for the Dockers in Melbourne.
"Everywhere we go there is purple, and it seems the Melbourne people who aren't Hawthorn supporters, are going for Freo," Mr Johnston said.
As the parade got under way, skipper Matthew Pavlich and coach Ross Lyon and their children were greeted with huge cheers.
Hayden Ballantyne were also met with a huge response from the crowd.
Players enjoyed the sunshine as the parade continued through the streets of Melbourne.
Nat Fyfe told Fox the support from Fremantle fans has been overwhelming.
“Pretty surreal, looks like half of Fremantle has come over for this game, the amount of purple it’s unbelievable," he said. "We knew they would, we’ve got the best supporters in the land.”
Chants of "Freo, Freo" almost drowned out the Hawthorn players as they were being interviewed.
Luke McPharlin, who left the Hawks 12 years ago, told Fox he was feeling good after training and looking forward to a big job against Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead.
“It’s pretty ironic, isn’t it. I’ve played so long at Fremantle I feel like a one-club player. Although I enjoyed my time at Hawthorn it seems like a distant memory," McPharlin said.
He said his injured calf “feels good, got through a training session yesterday, felt pretty comfortable, certainly we’ll get up for one more game no doubt”.
McPharlin was another impressed with the amount of purple on show, saying the fans were pretty special. "They’re quite noisy the Fremantle fans so I’m sure they’ll help us out tomorrow," he said.
Melbourne looked like downtown Fremantle, a purple haze descending on the streets and midfielder Stephen Hill told Fox the atmosphere was amazing.
Of the family situation with brother Brad playing for Hawthorn, Hill said his mother was supporting both sides.
He said he expected a few cheeky words from his brother tomorrow during the game, Hill said.
There was a huge cheer from the crowd as the players were welcomed on to the stage at the end of the parade.
Lyon was smiling and talking to Pavlich as the Dockers song rang out.
Pavlich said it was great to see so much purple in Melbourne.
"Thank you for your support. It's been tremendous," he said, adding that after the parade was a chance to get back into a normal away-game routine.
Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge said today was about the supporters.
"We had five or six thousands at training yesterday and then today so it's great," Hodge said.
Pavlich and Hodge held the cup aloft and the chant of Freo, Freo rang out again, drowning out the opposition.
WA Premier Colin Barnett and his Victorian counterpart Denis Napthine were at today’s parade, where they spoke about the wager they have struck.
“If Hawthorn win Mr Barnett has agreed to wear a Hawthorn jumper in the middle of Perth and promote Victorian tourism,” Mr Napthine said.
“In the unlikely event of a Fremantle win, I’ll wear a Fremantle jumper and stand in Federation Square to promote Perth and WA.”
Mr Barnett praised the “thousands and thousands” Dockers fans who had made the trip east, while Mr Napthine said he was happy for the Fremantle supporters to come over and spend their money “as long as they understand they are here to lose”.
Perth woman Terri Angeles flew to Melbourne via Singapore and found out on arrival she had secured a ticket to the big game.
"I thought, 'life's too short'. I just couldn't miss it," she said.
The parade starts at 10am WST, with the players to be drive up St Kilda road on Southbank across the river to Collins Street and finishing at the Treasury Building.