10,000 people packed the downtown streets of Winnipeg on Tuesday afternoon to cheer on the Blue Bombers who brought the Grey Cup back to the Manitoba capital for the first time in 29 years.
Two semis and several trucks were used to carry players, coaches, staff, and family through the streets.
Winnipeggers lined up along the sidewalks of Portage Avenue, Main Street, William Stephanson Way, and Israel Asper Way to catch a glimpse of the CFL's ultimate prize.
Mayor Brian Bowman, Premier Brian Pallister, Dancing Gabe, and a drumline led the parade.
The quarterbacks carried the Cup for most of the parade, and made a bit of a fashion statement, too.
Chris Streveler wore a fur coat, and all the QBs decided to wear denim cutoff shorts.
The roster of any football team is large with a 45-player active roster, as well as a 10-man practice roster. All the players got in on the parade today as expected.
But besides players, there are coaches, staff, and family members helping out.
Many of the players had their partners and kids join in the parade.
Bombers' chaplain Lorne Korol was also spotted riding in one of the trucks with defensive coordinator Richie Hall.
Once players and coaches arrived at the Forks, the celebration began with congratulatory speeches from Premier Brian Pallister and Mayor Brian Bowman.
Bowman announced the honourary renaming of Chancellor Matheson Road between University Crescent and Pembina Highway as “Grey Cup Champions Way” in recognition of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Grey Cup victory over the weekend.
“Winnipeg is bursting with excitement and we’re incredibly grateful to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for ending the Grey Cup drought and bringing it home to Winnipeg,” says Mayor Brian Bowman.
“The honourary street renaming will remind Winnipeggers of this victory for years to come while this season's historic playoff run will live on in memories of Winnipeggers forever!"
Players and coaches then took to the microphone to share their thanks and joy with the thousands of Winnipeggers present at the outdoor event.
Zach Collaros and Willie Jefferson both received chants of "One more year" when they spoke to the crowd.
Mike O'Shea, Matt Nichols, and Jefferson all thanked Winnipeg for welcoming their families and making them feel at home.