“In the rest of Ontario, it’s Victoria Day. In Windsor, it’s Victorious Day!” said @barilko on twitter. And it’s true. Windsorites celebrated like never before in the streets of downtown this afternoon, when our hometown heroes — the Windsor Spitfires — returned from their week-long battle for victory at the Memorial Cup in Brandon, Manitoba.
Despite parade delays due to the Spitfires’ charter plane leaving Winnipeg later than expected, hundreds of fans were at the airport to cheer on the players and coaching staff, and thousands more waited under the warm sun in hopeful expectancy to catch a glimpse of their favourite team members as the parade began at Giles and Ouellette.
One-by-one, the men who put Windsor’s name on the national map, descended on Downtown with trophies and commemorative hats marking our city’s name as Canadian champions!
Dale Mitchell carries the J. Ross Robertson Cup, won earlier this month.