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Calgary Stampeders’ victory rally downtown Tuesday

WATCH: The Calgary Stampeders celebrated their Grey Cup championship with their fans in downtown Calgary Tuesday. Lisa MacGregor reports.

The Calgary Stampeders — the 2018 Grey Cup champions — were the toast of the town at the city’s celebration rally at Municipal Plaza on Tuesday.

At noon, fans congratulated their team on the win, enjoying a festival-like atmosphere with food trucks and with Macleod Trail closed in front of the Municipal Building.

WATCH: Global’s Leslie Horton is joined by Calgary Stampeders Derek Dennis, who came from the operating table to join the Stampeders Grey Cup celebration.

Calgary Stampeders O-lineman comes from surgery to celebration
Calgary Stampeders O-lineman comes from surgery to celebration

Global News anchor Linda Olsen and Calgary Today host Joe McFarland welcomed the crowd to the plaza.

Stampeders’ mascot Ralph the Dog, the Outriders cheerleaders and DJ Nitro entertained the crowd.

WATCH: Calgary Stampeders quaterback Bo Levi Mitchell thanks fans during a rally celebrating their Grey Cup win.

‘We messed that Edmonton locker room up’: Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell
‘We messed that Edmonton locker room up’: Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell

Then, with the Grey Cup in tow, the 2018 Calgary Stampeders entered centre stage sporting white cowboy hats.

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Calgary Stampeders hoist the Grey Cup at a rally in celebration of their win in downtown Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders hoist the Grey Cup at a rally in celebration of their win in downtown Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders celebrate their Grey Cup win at a rally in downtown Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders celebrate their Grey Cup win at a rally in downtown Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders celebrate their Grey Cup win at a rally in downtown Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders celebrate their Grey Cup win at a rally in downtown Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders fans celebrate the Grey Cup win at a rally in downtown Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders fans celebrate the Grey Cup win at a rally in downtown Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders fans celebrate the Grey Cup win at a rally in downtown Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders fans celebrate the Grey Cup win at a rally in downtown Calgary.
Global's Linda Olsen celebrates the Calgary Stampeders Grey Cup win with the team mascot, Ralph the Dog.
Global's Linda Olsen celebrates the Calgary Stampeders Grey Cup win with the team mascot, Ralph the Dog.

“I just love coaching these guys, and it’s a privilege,” said head coach Dave Dickenson. “We love this city. And regardless of what I said a couple of weeks ago, we love Canada!”

Grey Cup MVP and starting quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was met with chants of “one more year” after telling the fans of the state the team left the Commonwealth Stadium home dressing room in.

“I know y’all didn’t get to be there to do it with us, but we messed up that Edmonton locker room up! That’s gonna smell like some Stampeders champagne there for a while.”

Head coach Dave Dickenson hoists the Grey Cup
Head coach Dave Dickenson hoists the Grey Cup Adam Toy / Global News
Stampeders players meet fans and citizens outside of the rally.
Stampeders players meet fans and citizens outside of the rally. Adam Toy / Global News
Adam Toy / Global News
Mark Stephen (L) chats with Brandon Smith and Derek Dennis (R).
Mark Stephen (L) chats with Brandon Smith and Derek Dennis (R). Adam Toy / Global News
A trio of Stampeders with the Grey Cup
A trio of Stampeders with the Grey Cup Adam Toy / Global News
Head coach Dave Dickenson addresses the crowd.
Head coach Dave Dickenson addresses the crowd. Adam Toy / Global News
Head coach Dave Dickenson hoists the Grey Cup
Head coach Dave Dickenson hoists the Grey Cup Adam Toy / Global News
Stampeders president and GM John Hufnagel
Stampeders president and GM John Hufnagel Adam Toy / Global News
Alex Singleton holds the Grey Cup
Alex Singleton holds the Grey Cup Adam Toy / Global News
A trio of Stampeders
A trio of Stampeders Adam Toy / Global News
DaVaris Daniels enjoys a cigar
DaVaris Daniels enjoys a cigar Adam Toy / Global News
DaVaris Daniels and Bo Levi Mitchell
DaVaris Daniels and Bo Levi Mitchell Adam Toy / Global News
Chris Matthews and Cordarro Law
Chris Matthews and Cordarro Law Adam Toy / Global News
Bo Levi Mitchell, Jameer Thurman and their teammates.
Bo Levi Mitchell, Jameer Thurman and their teammates. Adam Toy / Global News
Ralph the Dog
Ralph the Dog Adam Toy / Global News
Adam Toy / Global News
Rene Paredes poses with the Grey Cup
Rene Paredes poses with the Grey Cup Adam Toy / Global News
Cordarro Law addresses the fans.
Cordarro Law addresses the fans. Adam Toy / Global News

A raspy-voiced Alex Singleton let slip what he and his teammates have been doing since Sunday’s game.

“I haven’t slept that much, if you can’t tell. We’ve had a lot of drinks out of that Cup.”

WATCH: Stampeders head coach pokes fun at himself during Grey Cup celebration.

Stampeders head coach pokes fun at himself during Grey Cup celebration
Stampeders head coach pokes fun at himself during Grey Cup celebration

Mayor Naheed Nenshi named Nov. 27, 2018 “Calgary Stampeders Day” and exhorted the Stampeders to win the Grey Cup next year when Calgary hosts the CFL championship game.

WATCH: Global News Morning Calgary’s Doug Vaessen gets the fan reaction from the big win on Sunday.

Calgary celebrates Grey Cup victory
Calgary celebrates Grey Cup victory

These streets will close to vehicle traffic between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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The city said CTrain and bus services will continue as usual.

WATCH: John Huffnagel thanks team for ‘bringing the cup home’

John Huffnagel thanks team for ‘bringing the cup home’
John Huffnagel thanks team for ‘bringing the cup home’

READ MORE: Calgary Stampeders defeat Ottawa Redblacks 27-16 to win 106th Grey Cup

Tired but happy Stampeders filed off the buses at McMahon Stadium with the Grey Cup in tow on Monday.

WATCH: ‘We’ve had a lot of drinks out of the cup’: Stampeders’ Alex Singleton.

‘We’ve had a lot of drinks out of the cup’: Stampeders’ Alex Singleton
‘We’ve had a lot of drinks out of the cup’: Stampeders’ Alex Singleton

The Stampeders defeated the Ottawa Redblacks 27-16 for the CFL’s championship trophy less than 24 hours earlier in Edmonton.

WATCH: Global’s Leslie Horton interviews Grey Cup MVP Bo Levi Mitchell during the championship celebration rally.

2018 Grey Cup MVP Bo Levi Mitchell on bringing the cup back
2018 Grey Cup MVP Bo Levi Mitchell on bringing the cup back

Dickenson and several players arrived shortly after noon on Monday and were greeted by about 70 well-wishers in McMahon’s parking lot.

Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson carries the Grey Cup off the team bus returning to Calgary, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.
Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson carries the Grey Cup off the team bus returning to Calgary, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Jeff McIntosh, The Canadian Press
Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson celebrates winning the Grey Cup with fans after returning to Calgary, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.
Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson celebrates winning the Grey Cup with fans after returning to Calgary, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Jeff McIntosh, The Canadian Press
Calgary Stampeders' Don Jackson, left, celebrates winning the Grey Cup with Nicloas Leon, five, after returning to Calgary, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.
Calgary Stampeders' Don Jackson, left, celebrates winning the Grey Cup with Nicloas Leon, five, after returning to Calgary, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Jeff McIntosh, The Canadian Press
Calgary Stampeders players celebrate after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks in the 106th Grey Cup CFL championship football game in Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday November 25, 2018.
Calgary Stampeders players celebrate after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks in the 106th Grey Cup CFL championship football game in Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday November 25, 2018. Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press

With files from The Canadian Press. 

WATCH: The Calgary Stampeders returned home Monday with the Grey Cup in tow after winning the big game on Sunday. Deb Matejicka has more.

Calgary Stampeders ready to celebrate Grey Cup championship
Calgary Stampeders ready to celebrate Grey Cup championship