The RCMP accompanies the Gray Cup, paraded on the Jasper Avenue, on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
Stampeders, Redblacks … Roughriders? Soccer fans from all over the country posted the Jesper Avenue on Saturday, when a joint parade of the Gray Cup-Santa Claus took over the center.
Ottawa Red Blockers and Calgary Stickers will play in the most casual Canadian football trophy on Sunday. But the sea of jerseys and the fans who set the parade made it hard to guess which clubs were actually set up to take the pitch.
Fans of Edmonton Eskimo were in full force, as was the brighter green Saskatchewan Roads contingent.
"It just flows through your blood," said the fan of Roughriders Lance Hackevich, while standing by a parade with his family, carrying a crown of wheat stalks.
His family came from Saskatchewan to attend. They went to several Festivals on the Gray Cup over the years, regardless of whether their beloved Roughriders play or not.
"And somehow, in some ways, there is always a contingent of Riders fans who end up at the parade," his wife Linda Hackevich added.
Then, the brass band with the fans of "Riders" went through the past. The Hakevich family left the pavement and joined.
Other local residents were sprayed across the crowd, adorned for supporting Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger Cats and BC. Lions.
Of course, the Ottawa and Calgary supporters also attended the stump for their crews.
A fan of Stampeders Celeste Awe last night passed through a snowy snowfall to get here. The Siberian Swing Parade was the first in the long list of Gray Cup events she and her husband are planning to attend.
"We will get it all inside," she said.
For many, the game is just a limitation of true fun: festivities and pre-competitive events, such as the Parade Gray Cup Parade, led by parade marshal Terry Jones, the long-time sports columnist of Postmedia.
Many families came prepared for the cold weather, with children embedded in snow suits and wrapped in blankets.
"It could be worse," the Edmonton transit driver, Sharon Gilbert, her hood park retreated around her face. She came with her daughters Zayla and Angel Bosel.
Gilbert said she would ride a bus during a Sunday game, so Saturday's festivities gave her the opportunity and girls to have fun.
But not everyone was competing for poking on Gray Cup: six-year-old Mayra Maziv had only eyes for Santa.
"I love Barbie," said Mayra, when she was asked about her wish list for a vacation while standing beside her, waiting for a cheerful person in red to arrive.
This year, the annual parade of the city's light was converted into Gray Cup festivities, bringing Mr. Klaus joining the Sabbath procession on the Jasper Avenue.
The Gray Cup Festival is held all day until 9:30 am. on Jasper Avenue and 97th Street. Check out the zip line, artificial ski-hill, giant slide and many cabins with free games and prizes.