BC Lions to be feted with party, not parade
The Grey Cup won't be paraded through the streets of Vancouver by the victorious home team, but fans can celebrate the big win at a free party Wednesday.
The BC Lions are holding a party at BC Place between 6 and 8 p.m. to toast their 34-23 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and fans will have a chance to meet the players and take photos with the CFL's biggest prize.
The team isn't releasing further details about the event until Tuesday.
Veteran centre Angus Reid told CTV News that he won't miss having a parade.
"I think a parade carries with it more of a feeling that it's fun, but I think in the end, it's there, they've gone by -- now what? This is a chance for people to really enjoy each other, get to know each other, get some photos, shake hands, sign autographs. I think it's going to be great," he said.
The Lions didn't hold a parade after their last win in 2006, either.
But offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye says he's a little disappointed by the party plans.
"I'd rather do a parade. I was looking forward to a parade, but it's all in BC Place now. It's because of weather. I don't think anyone wants to be standing in the rain and cold shaking hands and stuff like that," he said.
The team says the logistics of organizing a parade so soon after Saturday's Grey Cup festival parade would also be difficult.