Manitoba

Here's what you need to know to catch the Grey Cup parade

For the first time in 29 years, the Grey Cup will be on parade through Winnipeg Tuesday afternoon. 

Parade kicks off at noon in downtown Winnipeg

Bombers' fans celebrate the team's first Grey Cup win in 29 years at Portage and Main. A parade will make its way through downtown Winnipeg and end at The Forks Tuesday afternoon. (Travis Golby/CBC)

For the first time in 29 years, the Grey Cup will be on parade through Winnipeg Tuesday afternoon. 

Winnipeg's Grey Cup parade kicks off at noon, starting near Hargrave Street and Portage Avenue and continues:

  • Eastbound on Portage Avenue from Hargrave Street to Main Street.
  • South on Main Street to William Stephenson Way.
  • William Stephenson Way to Israel Asper Way and on to The Forks.

The Blue Bombers posted a map of the route Monday afternoon. 

CBC News will live stream the parade on Facebook, Twitter and on cbc.ca/manitoba. 

Blue Bombers players, coaches, and staff will be joined by several local politicians and dignitaries, including Premier Brian Pallister and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman. The Bomber's cheer team and mascots will also be in the parade. 

Police say they will chip in with "a little extra blocking" for the team. They will set up temporary road closures in the downtown area starting around 11 a.m. to accommodate the parade.

Of note, Hargrave Street will be closed from 11 a.m. to noon, and Portage Avenue between Carlton and Main streets will be completely closed from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 12:15 p.m.

Main will also be closed between Bannatyne and St. Mary avenues.

The roads will reopen after the procession moves along the route but there will likely be lengthy delays as pedestrians make their way out of the area, police said, urging drivers to be careful and to plan more time for travel.

The Royal Canadian Air Force will do a fly-over at 1:30 p.m. 

A map posted by the Blue Bombers on Monday shows the planned parade route, starting near Hargrave Street and Portage Avenue at noon. (Google Maps)

The Bombers brought the Grey Cup back — in two pieces — to Winnipeg on Monday afternoon following their 33-12 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Sunday night's CFL final at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.

Thousands of football fans swarmed Winnipeg's famous Portage and Main intersection on Sunday night to celebrate a championship that was almost three decades in the making.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Andrew Harris celebrates winning the 107th Grey Cup against the Hamilton Tiger Cats in Calgary, Alta., Sunday. (Todd Korol/The Canadian Press)

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