Pigskin party time

CHRIS KITCHING -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:43 PM ET

Forgive Winnipeggers if they're feeling a little grey this weekend ... or yellow and green or blue, red and white.

Football fans and businesses are geared up for the 93rd annual Grey Cup and the pigskin partying that will happen when the CFL final kicks off tomorrow.

"People are just looking for reasons to party," said Michelle Nyhof, spokeswoman for Party Stuff. "Because the weather is kind of tough during the winter, we need opportunities to let loose, and this is a good one."

Party Stuff, at 925 Arena Rd. and 1350 Regent Ave. W., has been the end zone for people hosting or going to an event to watch the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes battle in Vancouver.

Hosts are snapping up beer cups and anything football-themed, while certain guests are taking it in a different direction.

"Men 25 and under are totally into body paints," Nyhof said. "They take their shirts off and they paint their whole upper torso. I'm not sure if they paint each other or do it themselves."

PIZZA THE FAVOURITE

Once your party pad -- or body -- is looking festive, you'd better get some grub for your guests. Pizza and football parties seem to go hand in hand.

"It feeds a lot of people, it's quick and it's fast," said Derek Loewen, general manager of operations for Gondola Pizza's 14 Manitoba locations.

Hosts should have the same traits. Pre-ordering is key because tomorrow will be one of the busiest days of the year for pizzerias, Loewen said.

"We have to turn down a lot of orders because there are too many orders to actually fill on that day," he said.

If watching the game at home isn't your thing, Winnipeg bars -- including the Palomino Club at 1133 Portage Ave. -- are opening their doors to fans.

"A lot of people do home parties but we thought we'd take a shot at it," Palomino owner Cary Paul said. "It is the annual drink-fest."

For $10 a head, pigskin fans can watch the game, chow down at halftime and be entered to win a door prize and two tickets to next year's big game here in Winnipeg.

Kickoff is at 5 p.m. on CBC.


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