TENS of thousands of fans saluted Scotland's sporting heroes.

From the West End to the city centre, onlookers lined the streets as Team Scotland athletes passed by.

As the 180-strong team of athletes coaches and officials made their way to George Square fans cheered and waved with pride.

Brian Cooper, 39, and his partner Sharon Gow, 37, took their children Jessica and Cameron to Kelvingrove to catch a glimpse of champion boxer Charlie Flynn.

Brian, from Dennistoun, said: "We wanted to support the Scottish team by being here. The whole city looked amazing during the Games, especially the Merchant city,

"It raised the profile for Glasgow worldwide, and the weather definitely helped."

The father-of-two hoped the Games would inspire his children, and other young people, to get involved with sport.

He said: "It's really encouraging for youngsters and helps to open their minds to different sports as well."

Sharon added: "It was through the Commonwealth Games Jessica started playing netball as she went to a taster session and liked it."

Carol Archibald, 56, from Hillhead, went to see the parade with her grandsons.

She said: "It was all great - I thought the Games were brilliant."

Vivienne Limond, 68, from Kelvindale, wanted to congratulate the athletes.

She said: "I've come to say thank you to the athletes. They have been a credit to the country, even those who didn't win medals."

Families of the athletes went on stage to praise their loved ones in George Square as Clydesiders and Games fans gathered for the stars' arrival. Erraid Davies' mother Joyce, and the brother of judo stars Kimberly and Louise Rennicks said how proud they were of their relatives.

They listened to music and enjoyed Glasgow 2014's best moments on a big screen.

Among the crowd were lucky winners of the Evening Times competition for tickets to the event.

Brian Murphy, 39, and wife Carolann, 40, from Corkerhill, were centre stage with sons Brian jnr, 14, Kian, 10, and five-year-old Ruairi.

Brian said: "We've tried to enjoy the Games as much as possible. The atmosphere in the city has been fantastic. We feel proud of the city."

Lynn Wilson, 36, and husband Gary, 37, from Garthamlock, took their 11-month-old son Ruaridh.

Gary said: "We wouldn't have had this development in the East End without the Games. It's on our doorstep. All these venues are for our son to enjoy when he's older."

Leader of Glasgow City Council Gordon Matheson said: "The athletes' parade gave us the chance to celebrate the success of all our athletes, and to recognise the hard work and commitment of all of the staff, visitors and volunteers who made Glasgow's Games the enormous success story they were."