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SportsMayor declares ‘We The North Day’ as fans camp out for Raptors parade

21:05  16 june  2019
21:05  16 june  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Raptors to hold championship parade Monday

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A group of Raptors fans are shown camped out at Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday. The fans wanted to get a prime spot for the Raptors victory rally on Mayor John Tory has declared Monday “ We The North ” day in honour of the occasion. The following road closures will be in effect as of 9 a.m.

On Monday, the Toronto Raptors will join fans to celebrate the long-awaited first NBA championship “At last the world knows our Toronto Raptors as the undisputed NBA champions,” Mayor John Tory “Basketball fans across the world now know what ‘ We The North ’ really means as our Canadian team

Mayor declares ‘We The North Day’ as fans camp out for Raptors parade© Richard Lautens Toronto Raptors fan Morteza Hashimi and his friends —who wore disguises so they won't get in trouble for missing work on Monday — arrived at Nathan Phillips Square late Saturday night to stake out places for Monday’s victory parade and rally.

Mayor John Tory has officially proclaimed Monday as “We The North Day” while Toronto prepares for a parade to celebrate the Raptors’ historic NBA championship victory.

“This championship is the culmination of years of patience, support, devotion and belief,” Tory said in the proclamation released Sunday. “Toronto has proven that it is a basketball city and that the game thrives in the North.”

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Fans are expected to be out in full Raptors colours and gear for the rally. A parade viewing party will also be taking place at Coronation Park, located near the start of the parade , to help relieve congestion along the route. WATCH: Toronto Raptors clinch NBA Championship in Game 6 win over Golden

Some fans shimmied up the traffic lights to celebrate the historic win by the Toronto Raptors . Thousands braved the rain, forming a red tide, as organizers handing out " We the North " T-shirts. Toronto Mayor John Tory joined the 1,500 fans inside the main stage area of Jurassic Park to watch

He encouraged “everyone in our city to show our support, pride, love, and appreciation for this incredible team” on Monday, when the team will be celebrated in a victory parade through downtown Toronto.

While preparations were underway on the weekend for the parade, which will end at Nathan Phillips Square, a few dedicated fans camped out there to ensure they had spots for Monday’s rally.

Morteza Hashimi, a 25-year-old mechanic from Toronto, arrived late Saturday night with three friends. Having waited in Jurassic Park during the playoff series, they came prepared with clothes for any weather, a cooler for water and lots of food.

Hashimi was able to take Monday off work, but his friends weren’t as lucky — so they wore glasses with fake noses to avoid being identified by their bosses.

Raptors expect up to 2 million people to attend victory parade

Raptors expect up to 2 million people to attend victory parade The Toronto Raptors are preparing for a truly massive crowd to attend the victory parade celebrating their first NBA title. The parade is planned for Monday, and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is getting ready for a huge event. MLSE Head of Community Affairs and Events Mike Bartlett told Chris Fox of CP24 that he could estimate between 1.5 and 2 million attendees. Bartlett promised to deliver the “biggest party Toronto has ever seen” on Monday, culminating in a rally at 12:30 p.m. ET. Players will be carried along the parade route in double-decker buses.

Excited and slightly anxious Raptors fans put their faith in Canada's only NBA franchise on Thursday as they Some had camped out overnight to secure a spot, despite the dreary weather, and When asked about plans for a victory parade should the Raptors win, the mayor would only say that there are records of past parades for other teams We The North takes hold across Canada and beyond.

TORONTO — Excited and slightly anxious Raptors fans put their faith in Canada’s only NBA Some had camped out overnight to secure a spot, despite the dreary weather, and the crowd grew steadily through the day . When asked about plans for a victory parade should the Raptors win, the mayor

Hashimi said he expected that seeing the team in the parade would make him emotional.

“Growing up watching them play and finally getting to witness something amazing like this, so there’s gonna be so (many emotions),” he said.

Tory’s proclamation of We The North Day was “much needed,” Hashimi added.

“For something that’s really big and prestigious like what we’re about to celebrate, I think it’s really well-deserved that the city of Toronto, country of Canada and even the Toronto Raptors have their own special day,” he said.

He’s was looking forward to seeing Drake and — although he called it a long-shot — was also hoping DeMar DeRozan and Vince Carter might stop by.

Tory said there would be a stage and entertainment set up at Nathan Phillips Square, but was noncommittal on whether Drake or any other celebrities would be present.

The parade will depart from the Princes’ Gates at Exhibition Place at 10 a.m., heading east on Lake Shore Blvd., then north on York St. and University Ave. to Queen St. W., before ending at Nathan Phillips Square for a celebration rally from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Everything you need to know about the Raptors' victory parade Monday

Everything you need to know about the Raptors' victory parade Monday Toronto Raptors fans celebrating their team’s first NBA championship will have another chance to party Monday during the official championship parade and rally. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced Friday that the parade in Toronto will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Princes' Gates at Exhibition Place, and will finish at Nathan Phillips Square, where a rally will cap off the festivities. "This means so much to our city and to many in Canada, and we are looking forward to showing everyone the Larry O'Brien Trophy on Monday," Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a statement.

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At around 12:30 p.m., the Canadian Snowbirds will perform a flyover of the square, city spokesman Brad Ross said on Twitter.

Ross also tweeted a request for fans coming to Nathan Phillips Square to leave coolers, chairs, large bags and other large items at home. “No tents will be permitted,” he added. “Security staff will patrol the square overnight to ensure everyone is safe.”

Metrolinx advised customers to avoid travelling during the morning or afternoon rush hours if possible as trains and platforms will be busier than normal.

Expecting “significant delays,” the city of Toronto has also urged those travelling to consider using public transit, cycling, walking or taking a taxi or other ride service.

The city says full road closures and restrictions will be in effect starting as early as 9 a.m. Monday:

  • Bay St. will be fully closed between Dundas St. W. and Richmond St. W.
  • Queen St. W. will be fully closed between Yonge St. and University Ave.
  • Chestnut and Elizabeth Sts. will be fully closed.
  • Armoury Street will have restricted access.

The TTC add extra staff, streetcars and more frequent subway service to accommodate people travelling to and from the parade.

The following TTC routes will be diverted for the parade: 5 Avenue Rd, 6 Bay, 29 Dufferin, 121 Fort York-Esplanade, 501 Queen, 504 King, 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina and 511 Bathurst.

The 510 Spadina will not be available at Union Station, but travellers in that area can use the 509 Harbourfront to connect with the 510 at Spadina Ave.

With files from Gilbert Ngabo and Jason MillerSherina Harris is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @sherinaharris

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