Alouettes return to heroes' welcome

The Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes arrived at Trudeau Airport in Montreal on Monday evening to cheers from dozens of fans.

Grey Cup victory parade planned for Wednesday

The Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes arrived at Trudeau Airport in Montreal on Monday evening to cheers from adoring fans.

Alouettes safety Étienne Boulay shares the Grey Cup with fans at Trudeau Airport in Montreal on Monday evening. ((CBC))
Their plane arrived at about 8 p.m. ET, almost an hour late, but it didn't seem to bother the 100 or so fans that showed up to greet them.

Among them were Marc and Philippe Proulx, the father and brother of Alouettes safety Matthieu Proulx, who did not dress for the game due to an injury suffered in the Eastern final. Philippe managed to attend the game in Edmonton and enjoyed it despite not being able to see his brother play.

"It was intense, it was an excellent game, I'm happy it finished the way it did," said Proulx. "It was a sea of green, a lot of green, we've had it up to here with green for now, no broccoli or spinach for a few weeks."

When they arrived, the Alouettes gave fans a chance to see their trophy up close. Starting safety Étienne Boulay said he was proud of his team.

"It's a good feeling. We knew the whole season that we were a bit lucky last year so we wanted to prove we were the best," said Boulay.

Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who had revealed Sunday night that he required surgery to remove a lesion in his throat, said he didn't want his health concerns to dampen the celebrations.

"I said it, and now that it's out … you know there's a lot of people out there praying for me, which is great, but I want to enjoy this time now, this championship, the parade," said Calvillo.

The Alouettes won the 98th Grey Cup on Sunday, defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-18 in front of more than 60,000 fans at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.

Tuesday, the team will hold its final meeting at Olympic Stadium.

A parade to thank the fans

As they did last year before about 200,000 fans, the Alouettes will hold a parade down Ste-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal to celebrate the victory.

The parade will begin just before noon on Wednesday at the corner of Crescent Street and Ste-Catherine, moving down the city's main thoroughfare and ending at Bleury Street.

A player presentation with the Grey Cup will be held on an outdoor stage in the Quartier des Spectacles.

The route designated for the Montreal Alouettes' Grey Cup parade on Wednesday. ((CBC))