Chad Owens danced onstage with his young son while Jalil Carter rode shirtless in the back of a pickup truck sipping from a Tim Hortons cup, and Adriano Belli planted a smooch on Toronto’s embattled mayor.
Cornerback Evan McCollough arrived late, running to catch up to the parade at Yonge Street.
The Argonauts and their fans celebrated a rare treat Tuesday — a championship party in their own backyard.
And all the crazy antics culminated with the common refrain of “Repeat!” from a CFL team and its fans that could certainly get used to winning.
“All the ups, the downs, the stretches we went through, when we lost five out of six games, just knowing that we stuck together, persevered through and never lost sight of our dream and our goal and we made it through,” said Owens, the wide receiver who won the league’s Most Outstanding Player award this season.
“It’s so special. The 100th Grey Cup. In our city. Never going to forget that.”
The Argonauts paraded the venerable trophy through downtown Toronto, arriving at Nathan Phillips Square to a festive lunchtime crowd of several thousand to celebrate Sunday’s 35-22 victory over the Calgary Stampeders in the 100th Grey Cup.
Fans — clad in jerseys and tuques in the Argos’ double blue — lined the streets and packed into the square, bouncing up and down top the blaring pop music. Some blew on horns, others waved Argos flags or white towels in celebration of the team’s first championship since 2004.