A bold band of Fremantle Ports workers - from chief executive Chris Leatt-Hayter down - yesterday braved the inclement weather to pledge their noisy support for their heroes, who will bid for a debut grand final berth when they play Sydney in Saturday's night's preliminary final at Patersons Stadium.
And while Tuesday night's downpours washed away some of the purple painting done this week down Fremantle's famous cappuccino strip, enthusiasm for the Dockers has been anything but dampened.
Intrigued tourists watched on yesterday as, despite handling nine vessel moorings, 100 purple-powered port workers marched en masse to O'Connor's Landing at Fremantle Harbour and shouted their allegiance to their club.
Fremantle Ports has been a charity partner for the Dockers' Purple Haze fundraising initiative for the past eight years.
Since its inception 11 years ago, the scheme has raised $637,000 for the Starlight Children's Foundation, including $106,000 this year.
Mr Leatt-Hayter said the commitment to the cause would extend to a purple morning tea tomorrow and that the remarkable rise of the Dockers had galvanised a strong spirit within the city.
"There's an obvious fit with the Fremantle Dockers and the port and a lot of our workers in the past have had a connection with football in Fremantle," he said.
"But one of the big things we saw was that the values of the club and working with the community were very similar to ours.
"There's an automatic affinity between the two and a great majority of our staff are Dockers supporters.
"Obviously, the team doing well has added excitement and we've seen the strength grow over the years. Fremantle people are very proud of their success and there is a very strong support and joy after a number of years of hard slog.
"It's not relief, just something we've all been waiting for and anticipating and we're really happy that it's come."
Mr Leatt-Hayter stopped short of restating former prime minister Bob Hawke's America's Cup call to give workers a day off if the Dockers went all the way to their first premiership.
"We are a 24/7 operation and I'm not Bob Hawke," he laughed.
He said his generosity would probably extend only to an "extra piece of purple cake".
Purple tributes bobbed up in shopfronts throughout the Fremantle central business district yesterday on the back of the city council's promise to turn the streets into a "purple oasis".
The City of Fremantle and the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce have distributed supporter kits to local businesses as part of a "Paint the Town Purple" campaign. Heritage buildings have been illuminated in purple LED lighting and prominent "Go Freo" banners erected in key locations.
The painting of the cappuccino strip had been planned as the centrepiece, but rainy weather has to this point left only underwhelming mauve hues.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said: "As a longtime and passionate Freo supporter, I'm just as excited as anyone about the Dockers' finals campaign and it's fair to say that the AFL finals fever has really taken hold of our city.
"The local community and businesses have really got behind the Dockers and it's been great to see everyone in Freo unite to support them in their quest for the AFL premiership.
"The community has really taken up the challenge to paint the town purple."
Dr Pettitt forecast more to come if the Dockers won through to the grand final.
"If the Dockers make the grand final, the City of Fremantle will host the biggest street party since the America's Cup," he said.
Lyon will take his team through their major training session at Fremantle Oval today.Sydney flew into Perth last night and will hold a closed training session at Patersons Stadium this afternoon.