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Twitter backlash forces Royal York Hotel to reconsider anti-horse policy, let Marty in

Andrew Bucholtz
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Marty the horse was finally allowed into the Royal York lobby after 2 p.m. Thursday.

Let bells ring in the streets: Toronto's anti-horse prejudice has ended! After initially denying Stampeders' fans permission to bring Marty the horse into the lobby Thursday and forcing him to journey over to the Financial District, the Fairmont Royal York Hotel has relented, sending a tweet that "Marty the horse has been invited back at 2pm today. Marty will stroll through the front doors as per the Grey Cup tradition." Global's Mark McAllister tweeted the photographic proof you see above that this has happened. Also, the league released a statement at 2:30 Eastern that the Stamps' touchdown horse will be allowed in the Rogers Centre, but will have to stand in the corner rather than gallop down the sidelines, so it's a great day for horsekind. What forced the sudden about-face from the hotel? Well, the flood of tweets the hotel has been receiving on the matter might be a factor. Here are some of the best ones (interactive version available at Storify here):

Some of the best tweets at the Royal York hotel complaining about the horse ban.

Of course, given that the horse is a Calgary symbol, not all football fans are happy about this:

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Not all football fans like the move.

The hotel just can't win. The Grey Cup party spirit, on the other hand, certainly can.

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