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On Saturday Toronto FC, Toronto’s pro soccer team, won the MLS (Major League Soccer) championship when they beat the Seattle Sounders 2 – 0 in the finals.  To celebrate, there was a parade from Maple Leaf Square, near the Air Canada Centre, up Bay street to Nathan Phillips Square.

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, police escort at the front of the parade

kids sitting on a float, waving tfc flags, dressed in red and white

float being pulled by a car in the tfc parade on Bay Street, December 2017

The team was founded in 2005 and began playing in 2007.   They were the first Canadian team in Major League Soccer.  Since then, 2 other Canadian teams have joined the league, Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact.  There are 22 teams altogether.

below: A line of photographers join the parade

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, photographers walk in a line in front of one of the banners in the tfc parade up Bay street to celebrate thesoccerteam's championship win

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, men holding a banner

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, young boy helping to hold a banner as they walk in a parade

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, a group of men fans wearing red and white tfc team scarves

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, a group holding a banner as they walk

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white,

a reporter holding a microphone, interviewing a couple who are watching the Tornto FC parade, she is holding a large red 2 and he is holding a large red 3, the number 23,  They are wearing tfc hats andscarves and sweatshirts

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, a man wearing a large tfc team flag

below: Outside Nathan Phillips Square.

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, crowd in front of Nathan Phillips Square, team and fans on open top double decker red bus, two policemen on horses,

below: She had the action happening right in front of her – including me!

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, group holding three large flags

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, father with young child on his shoulders as he takes a selfie, tfc scarf

below: The team players made their entrance into Nathan Phillips Square with lots of people lining the barricades.  You’ll notice that I have no photos of the players themselves.  It was just too crowded.   Besides, I have more interest in the fans and supporters!

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white,

below: ‘All For One’ in the Toronto FC motto.

people in Nathan Phillips Square, including all along the south ramp. Banner over the entrancethat says, All For One, which is the tfc motto

Toronto FC parade, people dressed in red and white, wearing red and white toque and scarf and waving a tfc team flag

The space in front of City Hall was crowded!  Hundreds of fans in red and white filled most of the available spaces around the Christmas Fair booths.  They also lined all the upper ramps and walkways.  There were speeches and then…..  I will admit to running off to find a warm drink in a warm place instead of sticking around to listen!  I don’t follow soccer but considering the size of the crowd today plus the fact that attendance at a TFC game averages over 27,000, many others do follow it…..  soccer has definitely found a home in Toronto.

from the back, a youngman holds out a flare

women in a crowd of Toronto FC supporters in a parade

four boys in red and white at a parade

It would be fun to write a post about the winning ways of the Blue Jays and up until two days ago I could have.  After a great ending to the baseball season, the Blue Jays entered the playoffs with back to back afternoon games against the Texas Rangers here in Toronto.   Yesterday the Rangers beat us 5 to 3.  Again today, the Blue Jays lost by two runs but this time it took 14 innings, or close to 5 hours.

The Rogers Centre holds just over 49,000 people and it was filled to capacity both days.

Before a Blue Jays baseball game at the ROgers Centre - many people on the stairs to the east of the stadium, and many people waiting in the square below, trying to get into the stadium through gate 6.

Before a Blue Jays baseball game at the ROgers Centre - a woman gets the words Go Jays Go painted onto her cheek in blue and white paint

young man wearing Toronto Blue Jays light blue jersey, and he's wearing a  blue jays flag as a cape that is billowing out from behind him.  Other young men are around him, on their way to baseball game.

Before a Blue Jays baseball game at the ROgers Centre - a young man wearing a Jays grey T-shirt break dances in front of a5 man drum band who are all wearing blue Blue Jays T-shirts. There are many fans watching them play.

Before a Blue Jays baseball game at the ROgers Centre - a group of men buy baseball caps from a vendor outside the stadium.

Before a Blue Jays baseball game at the ROgers Centre - a man in Blue Jays shirt and cap is being interviewed by CHCH TV

Before a Blue Jays baseball game at the ROgers Centre - a young woman poses with a man dressed in a chicken costume and a Blue Jays T-shirt

Before a Blue Jays baseball game at the ROgers Centre - a sea of heads, people waiting in line to get into the stadium.

Before a Blue Jays baseball game at the ROgers Centre - a man watches over the crowd

A man wearing a white Blue Jays uniform plays the drums while an onlooker poses beside him for a picture.

Before a Blue Jays baseball game at the ROgers Centre - security guards checking the people entering through gates 10 and 11 at the Rogers Centre for a baseball game

Before a Blue Jays baseball game at the ROgers Centre - the crowd waits in line to get into the stadium, with a statue of Ted Rogers standing over the people

The next two games of the American League Division Series are scheduled to be played in Texas on Sunday and Monday.  If a fifth game is needed (it’s a best of five series), it will played in Toronto on the 14th of October, next Wednesday.
Keep your fingers crossed!