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Cup party far from grey

Edmonton promises a hot time

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Anyone who would describe Canadians as mild-mannered, polite and courteous hasn’t seen us at Grey Cup time. In the week leading up to Canada’s largest annual sporting event, mild-mannered goes right out the window. Grey Cup week is a time to celebrate with friends and family — whether or not your favourite team is playing for the championship.

The parades, parties and celebrations surrounding the Grey Cup have become a fun part of Canadian culture and this year promises to be one of the best parties ever.

"We’re encouraging people to visit Edmonton — even if they don’t have tickets to the game," said Duane Vienneau, executive director of the 2010 Grey Cup festival committee. "We have focused a lot of effort on the Hot to Huddle Festival and there will be many free activities to enjoy in the week leading up to the big game."

The festival site, known as Huddle Town, spans three city blocks in downtown Edmonton and during the day the focus will be on family-friendly entertainment.

Plans include a street festival, a parade, and free family programming under a heated 20,000-square-foot tent divided into three sections: Scotia Bank’s CFL Experience, the Reebok Zone, and the Ruffles Crunch Zone. The wading pool in front of city hall will also be converted to a mini-football field for games and activities.

One of the most exciting attractions will be the Capital Power zip-line, which will run 24-metres above the festival site and reach speeds of up to 60 km/h.

Members of the Armed Forces will assist with its operation and donations to the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre will be welcomed.

"There will be tailgate parties and plenty of big screens where people can watch the game," Vienneau said.

"We’re telling families to come to Edmonton. You will have fun here."

For more information on the Grey Cup festival, go online at www.greycupfestival2010.com .The Hot to Huddle Festival will take place in Edmonton Nov. 25-28, 2010.

— Postmedia News

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