As a Canadian currently living in the States, I can confirm this. It's sad and strange - it really does feel like people just don't care this much about anything down here. The feeling extends to concerts, sporting events, etc. Nothing unites this way, there's little space for such raw emotion, and people are always just a little bit guarded.
I don't know where you live, but when the Phillies won the World Series they were going just a crazy in Philadelphia and South Jersey as they are in Canada. It depends on the city.
ohhhh man downtown vancouver was AWESOME.....
random high fives, screaming the national anthem, witnessing people being escorted off rooftops by policemen and honking vehicles being crowded by people! funniest moment for me was when a guy jumped from on top of a bus stop feet first and he totally got owned by the pavement then police took him away righjt away ahahahahha
woooooooooooo feels soooooo good throat is dead from screaming and cheering!
Let's not go that far. I was in Boston after the Red Sox finally won the World Series for the first time in 86 years and it was an absolute madhouse. The police had pre-greased light poles. And as for N.O. after this SuperBowl, the french quarter..but this is an entire nation partying and I don't think the U.S. has done anything like this since 1980....
That said, Canada is doing what it should, partying like there's no tomorrow!
I don't know about N.O. but I was living in Kenmore square during the Red Sox 2004 run. The party after they beat the Yankee's in game 7 was huge, and it was crazier that there was a lot of vandalism and it degenerated into a riot, then a running battle with police. Because a young women was killed by a rubber bullet in the ALCS riot, they cracked down hard on people in the street after WS. After the WS win people went out and surrounded Fenway, but before long people were lobbing half full beer cans at riot police, then they just started tear gassing everyone. They tear gassed all the way up comm ave.
I was down on the red mile earlier today and it is a way different atmosphere than Boston was. IMO what's happening right now on the streets is much more of a spontaneous expression of joy. People aren't packed as tight and they are much more emotional. In Boston there were some very emotional long time fans, but a lot of people that went out into the streets were just casual fans (a lot of BU students) that were out there to see what they could see.
I'll sum it up like this, right now in Canada people are going out to celebrate, not to just stand around and observe the celebration.
I was at Jack Astors on Front, holeee sheet, what an incredible atmosphere!! And the party outside on Front in front of Loose Moose was wild, and the party at Y&D was even crazier. I can only imagine how much more insane it would be if the Leafs ever won the cup.