REGINA - Frigid temperatures and windchills that dipped into the -30C range could not deter football fans at the Grey Cup parade.

Hundreds of people lined one of the main streets in downtown Regina known as "The Green Mile," to watch about 50 floats go by, including one for each CFL team.

"It's pretty cold, but I am just so impressed with Saskatchewan, the citizens of Regina. The parade route is lined with people the whole entire way," said Mark Stefan, vice-chairman of the 101st Grey Cup festival committee.

"It's just amazing."

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  • Members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Pep Band attempt to keep their instruments warm during the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday November 23, 2013 in Regina. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup.

  • Saskatchewan Roughriders mascot Gainer avoids some droppings left by horses during the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday November 23, 2013 in Regina. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

  • Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde rides a horse during the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday November 23, 2013 in Regina. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup.

  • Vince and Tanya Smith brought their own warmth to the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday November 23, 2013 in Regina. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup.

  • Horses pull a float during the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday November 23, 2013 in Regina. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup.

  • A member of the Rider Nation float carries a white cane and wears a hat that reads Back Up Official during the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday November 23, 2013 in Regina. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup.

  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats mascot Stripes gets a chilly reception from Saskatchewan Roughriders fans during the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday November 23, 2013 in Regina. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup.

  • Saskatchewan Roughriders mascot Gainer high fives a young fan during the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday November 23, 2013 in Regina. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup.

  • A member of the Rider Nation wearing a jersey that is half Hamilton Tiger-Cats and half Saskatchewan Roughriders greets Tiger-Cats fans during the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday November 23, 2013 in Regina. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday in the 101st CFL Grey Cup.

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  • <em><strong>11 ways the Grey Cup is better than the Super Bowl!</strong></em>

  • 1. It's the oldest sports trophy in the continent

    The Grey Cup turns 101 years young on Sunday. The Super Bowl is still a petulant child of 47.

  • 1. It's the oldest sports trophy in the continent

    Yes, there are much more comfortable and beautiful arenas than Maple Leaf Gardens and almost every stadium in the world is in better shape than Rome's Coliseum but nothing compares to the feeling of setting foot in one of those storied shrines to sport. It's the same with the Grey Cup trophy. There is so much history and human experienced carved into that cup that hoisting it is almost like hoisting the history of a nation. -Photo: 1956 Grey Cup victory

  • 2. It's about the game, not the spectacle surrounding it

  • 2. It's about the game, not the spectacle surrounding it

    <strong><em>Yes, the Grey Cup has had its fair share of interesting half-time shows but the talk before, and after, the show is not about who will be performing, about the possible or confirmed nip slip or that really cool VW commercial. When it comes to the Grey Cup, talk centres around the game... or maybe the weather.</em></strong>

  • 3. It's a REALLY good looking cup!

  • 3. It's a REALLY good looking cup!

    While the designers of the Super Bowl's Vince Lombardi Trophy didn't have to go past the image of a football for their , ahem, football trophy, the Grey Cup is truly a thing of beauty that holds its own, in terms of esthetic magnificence, against any other trophy in professional sports.

  • 4. Fans tune in for the plays, not the commercials

  • 4. Fans tune in for the plays, not the commercials

    The Super Bowl really has taken on an air that the big game, and even the half-time acts, are all just vehicles to sell the most expensive on-air spots in the world. The Grey Cup, however, has really become a vehicle for a big a party, a week of lead-up shenanigans and some nail-biting action on the grid iron. Nothing is written in stone going into the Grey Cup. The Canadian game is too unpredictable to call, as are the off-field shenanigans before and during the game.

  • 5. The Grey Cup is played all across the country and in any CFL city willing to host it

  • 5. The Grey Cup is played all across the country and in any CFL city willing to host it

    The Super Bowl, on the other hand, is normally held in <a href="http://thegatewayonline.ca/article/view/2861" target="_blank">warm climes or in cities with large capacity domed stadiums</a>. Seems like cuddling those who are supposed to be the toughest athletes in professional sports. In the end, the harshness of the weather lends as much a character to the contest as fans' willingness to endure it for the love of the game.

  • 6. The Grey Cup celebrates a league that, unlike the NFL, was never 'overtly and institutionally racist'

  • 6. The Grey Cup celebrates a league that, unlike the NFL, was never 'overtly and institutionally racist'

    <blockquote>And one of the things (The CFL) was not, at least in its public actions, was overtly and institutionally racist. So black quarterbacks and “skilled position” players got a chance here long before they did in the U.S. pro leagues, where the unspoken, but very real, prejudice was that they didn’t have the required cultural background or, frankly, mental tool set.</blockquote> -<a href="http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/2262268-grey-cup-symbolizes-differences-between-canada-and-our-neighbour-to-th/" target="_blank">thespec.com</a>

  • 7. Canadian rules

    They really do make for a faster, more unpredictable game.

  • 7. Canadian rules

    Ever wondered why there's so many mentions of miracles in the Super Bowl? Every time a team overcomes a substantial deficit, they call it a miracle. And they are right. It's so hard to do, due to American rules, that it does almost require a miracle to push ahead again. Much less so in Canadian rules, where teams have to work hard to keep determined opponents from making up lost ground. Anything can and does happen, right to the last minute. And that brings us to...

  • 8. The 13th man

    Let's talk unpredictable and nail-biting to the bitter end.

  • 8. The 13th man

    This finish is now lore in the CFL, a marquis moment of the Grey Cup and has engrained itself in Canadian sports history, reaching iconic sports status. The 13th man has become as interwined with our sport as the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijOjRTqPICk" target="_blank">Rumble in the Jungle </a>or the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina_v_England_%281986_FIFA_World_Cup%29" target="_blank">Hand of God</a>, have become within their respective sports.

  • 9. Melon Heads

    'Nuff said

  • 10. Grey Cup fans

  • 10. Grey Cup fans

    From their willingness to expose themselves to the kinds of cold that could literally kill lesser human beings, to their crazy antics (Rider Nations' watermelon hats, or the crazy horse antics of Stampeders fans) CFL fans will travel long distances, clear entire days off their calendars and wear the most ridiculous outfits while taking part in the most ridiculous acts because that is what a good Grey Cup festival demands.

  • 10. Grey Cup fans

    ...and then there's this guy.

  • 10. Grey Cup fans

    ...And this guy

  • 10. Grey Cup fans

    And this ... guy?

  • 10. Grey Cup fans

    ...and these guys.

  • 10. Grey Cup fans

    ...and these guys...

  • 11. It's all ours!

Stefan did not have a number on how many people braved the cold, but estimated it could be a few thousand because they stood three deep in some places along the route. The parade started on Albert St., near the Saskatchewan legislature and marched north towards Mosaic Stadium.

"Given the weather, we weren't really sure what the turnout would be, but I am just overwhelmed. Absolutely," said Stefan.

Some of the fans wrapped themselves in blankets, while others were lucky enough to snag a parking spot close to the parade route and watched it go by from the warmth of their running vehicles.

Saskatchewan Roughriders fan Donavon Beatty, from Regina, was bundled up from head to toe with only his eyes visible.

"I dressed in layers. I've got a little neckwarmer on, some hot packs in my mitts and some warm boots on, so I'm ready to go," said Beatty, 14.

"This is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity that a home team is in the Grey Cup and it's in Regina. It's going to be cool."

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, who won the CFL West Division title, will face the East champions, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in the Grey Cup on Sunday. It's the first time the Riders have played in the championship on their home turf.

There was a special fly-by from CF-18 fighter jets from Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake in Alberta.

"Stripes," one of the Hamilton mascots, bounded down the parade route, high-fiving people in the crowd. He paused to take pictures with fans _ most of them dressed in Riders green and white.

"Gainer the Gopher," the Saskatchewan mascot also got a big cheer from the crowd as he walked near the end of the parade.

The cold didn't damper Winnipeg resident Bailey Baldwin's enthusiasm on Saturday. Baldwin wore his Blue Bombers jersey to the Grey Cup parade.

"This is Canadian football," said Bailey. "I like it quite a bit."

Stefan said the atmosphere has been great and fans of all stripes are also flocking to team parties that have been going throughout the week.

"Calgary fans have been out, obviously closer proximity fans have been out, but really every team is represented. I've seen jerseys from every team and people having lots of fun," said Stefan.