Argos to celebrate Grey Cup with parade Tuesday
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Monday, November 26, 2012 7:58AM EST
After capturing the 100th Grey Cup in front of a hometown crowd, the Toronto Argonauts are celebrating their big win with a victory parade through part of the city’s downtown Tuesday morning.
The Argos are inviting fans to line the parade route and attend a celebration at Nathan Phillips Square, where Tuesday will be declared Toronto Argonauts Day in the city.
The parade starts at Yonge and Wellington streets at 11:30 a.m. before heading west to Bay Street and then north on Bay to Nathan Phillips Square in front of city hall, where Mayor Rob Ford is scheduled to read the Toronto Argonauts Day proclamation at a pep rally.
One convertible and 28 pickup trucks will transport the Grey Cup trophy, players and team staff along the route.
During the parade, Argonauts players, coaches and their families will be joined by cheerleaders, Toronto police and fire services bands, EMS and TTC honour guards, high school football players and others, as they show off the Grey Cup trophy along the way.
The route is just under a kilometre in length.
The Argos, who had a 9-9 regular season record, won the eight-team Canadian Football League’s biggest prize with a 35-22 win over the Calgary Stampeders at a sold-out Rogers Centre on Sunday night.
The championship is the franchise’s 16th Grey Cup victory and first since 2004, when the Argos defeated the B.C. Lions at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.
Before Sunday's victory, the Argos' last Grey Cup championship on home turf came in 1952 with a 21-11 win Edmonton Eskimos at Varsity Stadium.
As for the losing side in Sunday's game, Calgary last won the Grey Cup in 2008.
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