IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray's homecoming parade

MANILA, Philippines – When the queen comes home, there's really no such thing as too much. 

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, the fourth Filipina to hold the title, made her formal homecoming on Thursday, February 21, with a parade around Pasay, Manila, and Makati.

While this isn't the first time for Catriona to come home (she spent the holidays – sans fan fare – in the Philippines), it's her first public appearance since she became everyone's silver lining and bagged the coveted Miss Universe crown. 

In a pageant-crazy country like the Philippines, you can be sure that homecomings and public events featuring a Miss Universe are anything but ordinary. 

Here are a few snaps from the parade, captured by Rappler's photographers and reporters: 

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
 Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray homecoming parade along Ayala Avenue, Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray homecoming parade along Ayala Avenue, Makati City on February 21, 2019.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Thousands line up the streets of Manila and Ayala Ave. in Makati City to welcome the homecoming of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray on February 21, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Thousands line up the streets of Manila and Ayala Ave. in Makati City to welcome the homecoming of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray on February 21, 2019.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler
Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Voltaire Tayag (@voltairetayag) on Feb 20, 2019 at 11:12pm PST

 

View this post on Instagram The outpouring of love and support for Catriona is heartwarming. #missuniverse #missuniberso #bbpilipinas #catrionagray #catrionahomecoming A post shared by Voltaire Tayag (@voltairetayag) on Feb 20, 2019 at 11:04pm PST

 

View this post on Instagram I braved the sun and the heat... only for Catriona!!! #catrionahomecoming #missuniverse #missuniberso #bbpilipinas #catrionagray A post shared by Voltaire Tayag (@voltairetayag) on Feb 20, 2019 at 10:42pm PST

 

Confetti for @catrionaelisa along Taft Ave #CatrionaHomecoming pic.twitter.com/kYzIRpwG3e — Bea Cupin (@beacupin) February 21, 2019

 

Sun's out, Queen's out! #CatrionaHomecoming #CatrionaIsBackAtAraneta This event is made possible by PLDT Home Fibr, Jollibee, Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Philippine Airlines, Manila Bulletin. pic.twitter.com/HB7OIDaz1A — Bb. Pilipinas (@RealBbPilipinas) February 21, 2019

#CatrionaHomecoming parade about to begin. | via @beacupin pic.twitter.com/9bRKsj69dx — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) February 21, 2019It's really really hot out but that's not stopping @catrionaelisa or her fans #CatrionaHomecoming. | via @beacupin pic.twitter.com/d9XkfB8RLA — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) February 21, 2019LOOK: #MissUniverse2018 Catriona Gray at the #CatrionaHomecoming parade. | via @beacupin pic.twitter.com/SPwI7YQnRu — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) February 21, 2019Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler  Photos by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler
Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

– Rappler.com