Hundreds of raucous Saskatchewan Roughrider fans huddled under a festival tent in downtown Regina to help kick off the 101st Grey Cup celebrations Wednesday.
Several former Riders players attended the opening ceremonies at the Mosaic Underground Tent in City Square Plaza, including Regina Dewdney MLA Gene Makowsky.
Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Schofield, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere, CFL commissioner Mark Cohon and Roughriders CEO Jim Hopson were among the many notable people in attendance.
But the star of the show was the fabled Grey Cup itself, which was brought in by horse and carriage before it was whisked through the cheering crowd and onto the stage.
• Riderville (presented by Tourism Sask.) – Crescent Point Energy Zone – Evraz Place – 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has declared Friday "Green Day," and he's encouraging Rider fans to sport the team's primary colour.
The Riders will take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Sunday's Grey Cup game at Mosaic Stadium.
CTV Regina will have continuing coverage of the Grey Cup Festival and Sunday’s game online at regina.ctvnews.ca/grey-cup.