They drank to get ready for the Grey Cup, they drank during the Grey Cup, and they drank to celebrate a Roughriders victory.
A lot of Saskatchewan residents woke up on Monday hoping for a statutory holiday and a little hung over. The preliminary sales numbers from Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority stores in Regina explain why.
After taking Monday off from celebrating Rider fans and Grey Cup Festival organizers will storm back into the cold on Tuesday for a victory parade.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that fans, players, and team personnel are going to have another chance to celebrate, marching from Mosaic Stadium to the provincial Legislature. It's a last-minute event, the details of which were only firmed up on Monday afternoon.
After a week-long celebration in Rider nation it’s time for CFL fans from all over Canada to head home.
The Regina International Airport was busy Monday morning with those fans who took part in the 101st Grey Cup festivities. Blue Bombers fans Chris Kroker and his son Chris Kroker Jr. were waiting to fly back to Winnipeg. The two soaked up the entire Grey Cup experience: the parties and the game at Mosaic Stadium.
Kroker Jr. said the memories that will stand out the most for him will be seeing Rider pride at its peak.
Michael Flegel can still remember the 1966 Grey-Cup win for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was eight years old and has been a fan of the green and white ever since.
“I guess I kind of just grew up with the green. I don’t know every different,” Flegel said as he watched the Riders go for their fourth title on Sunday.
He was watching the game with most of his family at his step-daughter’s Cathedral-neighbourhood home.
Vienna Di Ruscio hosted about two dozen of her family members, along with her partner Jason Breker.
The alcohol was flowing freely on the Green Mile as Roughrider fans flooded the streets to celebrate the Grey Cup but Regina Police had the party under control.
With all hands on deck for traffic and crowd control, Regina Police Service responded to 134 calls between 5:00 pm and 5:00 a.m. the night after the Grey Cup win. There were 25 calls about intoxicated people, 23 about fights and 11 for drinking and driving.
Throughout the entire night there were no reports of serious injuries or accidents.
It was pandemonium in the streets and the information super-highway after the Saskatchewan Roughriders brought home the team's fourth Grey Cup Sunday night.
After a dominant victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats fans took to the streets and to the Tweets to celebrate. See some examples of the on-line jubliance below.
The battle for the 2013 Grey Cup is over and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will keep the championship trophy right here in Regina.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders turned in a dominant performance against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday night, rolling over the Ti-Cats 45-23. The team had been on a mission all season; the opportunity to win a Grey Cup at home was only amplified by the fact that this would have been their last chance to win at the fabled Taylor Field/Mosaic Stadium site before Regina builds a new stadium in the years ahead.
It's the game 103 years in the making. The Riders are taking on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the 101st Grey Cup on their home turf of Mosaic Stadium.
Wherever you may be, as you watch the game be sure to follow the Green Zone team on Twitter as Jamie Nye (@jamienye), Warren Woods (@WoodsyCJME), Darrell Davis (@DarrellDavisSK), Belton Johnson (@bjizzle56) and Joel Gasson (@HomeOfTheFans) break down the game as it happens.
Waving rider flags from windows and blasting Rider Pride music from their stereos, a parade of Saskatoon Rider fans made their way down 8th Street Sunday Afternoon.
The cars, decked out in green and white were a reminder that even fans who couldn't make it to Sunday's big Grey Cup game are brimming with pride.
The informal troop of around 15 cars made their way up and down the busy street to get everyone in the game day spirit before hitting up the big party at TCU Place Sunday evening.