Hamilton fans close James North after Portugal wins Euro 2016

Police closed part of the street as hundreds of fans cheered, danced and waved flags.
Portugal fans crowd James Street North to celebrate the country's Euro Cup 2016 win. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

First they were excited. Then they were nervous. Then they were ecstatic.

That's the range of emotions Isabel Bragues of Hamilton says she and her family went through as she watched Portugal play France in the 2016 Euro Championship final Sunday.

And when Portugal won 1-0, Bragues, like hundreds of other Portuguese Hamiltonians, headed straight to James Street North.

Bragues was walking down the street draped in Portugal colours with her husband Paul and son Logan. She watched the match in her home with about 25 family and friends.

"When we scored, we were ecstatic," said Bragues, who was born in Portugal and moved to Canada in 1990. "There was no stopping us then."

Hamilton Police closed James Street North from Robert to Barton Streets to accommodate the revelers, who waved flags, honked horns and danced in the street. 

Paul, Isabel and Logan Bragues joined in the celebration. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)
(Samantha Craggs/CBC)
(Samantha Craggs/CBC)
(Samantha Craggs/CBC)
(Samantha Craggs/CBC)
(Samantha Craggs/CBC)