Sunday, November 25, 2012

100th Grey Cup

This float from the Santa Claus Parade honours the 100th Grey Cup championship game of the Canadian Football League which takes place today here in Toronto. The Grey Cup game is played in a different city each year and by chance our Toronto Argonauts qualified last weekend to play against the Calgary Stampeders so the weeklong party has been extra special this year and yesterday featured repeated attempts by the Calgary fans to ride a horse through the lobby of the Royal York Hotel (probably the most prestigious one in town). This tradition had started in 1948 by Calgary fans but the hotel held them off with security guards until finally relenting in mid-afternoon and then Marty, the horse, walked proudly through the lobby surrounded by excited fans!  Canadian football is similar to American but there are only 3 downs, a larger field, and other small scoring differences. Go Argos!!

15 comments:

LĂșcia said...

I'm sure the boys love this float! ;-)

Shaun Gibbs said...

That float is the most awesome ive seen in a while !!!

William Kendall said...

Admittedly not a fan of the game at all. Good float though!

Lowell said...

I almost always learn some interesting stuff on your blog! Go Argos, indeed!

Is that you in the pic...red hair?

Halcyon said...

I am watching right now! Go Argos... go!!! :)

hamilton said...

we just can't escape this thing, eh?!!
Toronto definitely does not have a sense of fun and the absurd.

Randy said...

I'll bet sports fans loved this one.

Sharon said...

Love that charging football player! Go Argos!

Andy said...

This year's Santa Clause Parade had some great floats and this is one. It was nice for Toronto to win the Grey Cup. Next year will be the The Blue Jays turn to win Baseball's World Series

Mo said...

I still don't understand the game.

EG CameraGirl said...

I was in the States over Thanksgiving weekend and saw three NFL football games. I must say that I truly enjoy CFL football way more. :)) YAY, Argos!

Chrissy Brand said...

What a huge player!

llandudnopictures said...

Wouldn't want to try and block/tackle this particular player!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I have a picture of the horse being led through the lobby of a posh hotel Pat, that would have been fun to see.
I can see why you would have a dread of hail. Thankfully this storm didn't cause too much harm, now the one we had last year, that's a whole different story!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Now there is some Canadian history I knew nothing about - how fun. Leave it to the Calgary fans to parade a horse through a lobby. I am sure it was a long management decision to allow the fun to continue. Great story - fun float.