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SportsHuge crowds gather in downtown Toronto for Raptors parade, rally

19:17  17 june  2019
19:17  17 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

Raptors to hold championship parade Monday

Raptors to hold championship parade Monday After years of local jokes about "planning parade routes," the Toronto Raptors will give their city a championship procession on Monday. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. near the Raptors' OVO Athletic Centre and proceed east on Lake Shore Boulevard into the downtown core - ultimately ending outside Toronto's iconic City Hall, according to CP24's Stephanie Smyth. Toronto claimed its first NBA championship Thursday night with a Game 6 Finals victory in Oakland over the Warriors. It's the city's first "big four" professional sports title since the 1993 Blue Jays. Copyright © 2019 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

TORONTO - Large stretches of downtown Toronto turned into a sea of red and black on Monday as Raptors fans turned out in droves to celebrate the newly crowned NBA champions, the massive crowds raising safety concerns as officials urged supporters to watch the festivities from afar.

TORONTO —Large stretches of downtown Toronto turned into a sea of red and black on Monday as Raptors fans turned Crowds gather in Nathan Phillips Square as they prepare to celebrate the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA Championship in Toronto on June 17, 2019.

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TORONTO — Jubilant Raptors fans decked out in the team's gear cheered and chanted as a parade starring the newly crowned NBA champions began in Toronto on Monday, the first such celebration in more than two decades.

A sea of people stretching for several kilometres turned out to be part of the moment while a square outside city hall where the parade was to end was filled with fans of all ages. Members of the Raptors smiled from open top double-decker buses, some splashing the crowds with champagne, as the parade inched forward.

At one point, Kyle Lowry, the longest-serving member of team, was seen hoisting the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy while some of his teammates smoked cigars. Canadian rapper Drake, one the team's most famous supporters, was alongside players on one of the buses, smiling broadly.

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.

Trudeau was present for the victory rally in downtown Toronto , where huge crowds had gathered to celebrate the Raptors ' victory over the The celebration began Monday afternoon with a parade featuring open-air double-decker buses carrying the team before arriving at Nathan Phillips Square.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left to right, smokes a cigar holding his playoffs MVP trophy as he celebrates with performing artist Drake and his TORONTO (AP) — Gunfire broke out and a stampede ensued as fans celebrated at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors , leaving four

Many fans said they decided not to go to school or work so they could attend the massive celebration.

Cypher Sabanal, 15, said his mom let him skip school to attend the parade.

"I actually have exams this week but being here is worth it," he said, adding that he's been a Raptors fan his whole life.

John Moreira, meanwhile, had called in sick to work so he could be part of the crowd.

"I told my boss I wanted to be at the parade and he said there wasn't much he could do if I called in sick so that's exactly what I did," said the 31-year-old. "I'm looking forward to seeing the whole team. They all work so hard and deserve all the fans being out here."

For several people, the parade marked a historic moment.

"I'm so happy to be here," said 28-year-old RJ Salvador. "I haven't seen anything like this happen in the city before so it's great to be apart of it."

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.

TORONTO (AP) — Jubilant Raptors fans decked out in team gear are jamming downtown Toronto for a parade for the NBA champions. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left to right, smokes a cigar holding his playoffs MVP trophy as he celebrates with performing artist Drake and his mother

Raptors Fans Pack Downtown Toronto for NBA Championship Parade . THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (ROB GILLIES and IAN HARRISON). Toronto (AP) -- Gunfire broke out and a stampede ensued as fans celebrated at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors , leaving four people shot and

Some in the crowd had camped out all weekend in the hopes of nabbing a prime spot along the parade route or at Nathan Phillips Square outside city hall.

Parents with strollers tried to make their way into the dense crowd of fans, but some gave up. Across the sea of red and black shirts — the team's colours — some fans held up signs and enlarged heads of their basketball idols like Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanVleet.

Several hoisted signs urging Leonard, who will become a free agent in the off-season, to stick with the team he helped rise to the top. "Stay," one read.

The parade slowly made its way through the streets, at times coming to a halt due to the crush of people. Police took to Twitter asking the public to clear a path.

"Please do not impede the parade route. Stay off the road and allow the players and the floats to pass," they wrote. "All viewing areas close to capacity. Be patient and safe."

Fake Kawhi Leonard & 'Plant Guy' Copycat Spotted At The Raptors Parade In Toronto (VIDEOS)

Fake Kawhi Leonard & 'Plant Guy' Copycat Spotted At The Raptors Parade In Toronto (VIDEOS) Multiple copycats were spotted this morning before the parade.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left to right, smokes a cigar holding his playoffs MVP trophy as he celebrates with performing artist Drake and his mother TORONTO (AP) — Jubilant Raptors fans decked out in team gear are jamming downtown Toronto for a parade for the NBA champions.

(The Canadian Press via AP). TORONTO (AP) — Jubilant Raptors fans decked out in team gear are jamming downtown Toronto for a parade for the NBA champions. Crowds packed the route and the square outside City Hall where the march is to end in the afternoon.

Some at Nathan Phillips Square appeared to grow impatient, chanting "bring the parade!" As excitement mounted, a handful of people climbed a pair of concrete arches spanning the square before being ordered down by officials.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to be among those celebrating, with a brief visit to Toronto planned for later in the day.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford was expected to watch the festivities from Nathan Phillips Square. His press secretary said Ford wants the day to be about the fans and players, not politicians.

Mayor John Tory declared Monday "We The North Day" in Toronto, after the NBA champions' slogan. Dressed in his now-famous black-and-gold Raptors blazer, the mayor urged all fans to come celebrate the team's historic win.

"To all employers out there, please let your staff go to the parade. I tell you, if they're Raptors fans, they're going to work twice as hard when they get back to the office," he said.

Meanwhile, GO Transit said it was setting up a designated spot at transit hub Union Station's lost and found for any children who may get separated from their group or family.

Toronto Raptors Parade Crowd Is Over 3x Bigger Than The Crowd At Trump's Presidential Inauguration

Toronto Raptors Parade Crowd Is Over 3x Bigger Than The Crowd At Trump's Presidential Inauguration Over 2 million people have packed into downtown Toronto.

Dramatic suspect take down following shooting near Raptors parade in downtown Toronto . Police said they had three people in custody and recovered two WATCH: Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders confirmed Monday that four people were shot during the Raptors championship parade .

TORONTO (AP) - Jubilant Raptors fans decked out in team gear are jamming downtown Toronto for a parade for the NBA champions. Crowds packed the route and the square outside City Hall where the march is to end in the afternoon. Fans, many skipping school and work, filled the streets and subways

Many who couldn't make it downtown watched the festivities from afar. Several schools in the city showed the parade in classrooms and some held their own victory marches for students.

"Today’s history lesson in room 137! Watching the @Raptors first victory parade! I told them that one day their children will ask about where they were during the parade and to tell them that the awesome Miss Latchford put the parade on for them in class!," one educational assistant tweeted.

The last time the city held a sports celebration of this magnitude was after the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993. That parade saw fans climbing trees and statues on city streets to catch a glimpse of a team that included Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar.

Then-premier Bob Rae took part in those celebrations, flashing a sign that read "No speech today — Hooray for the Jays."

Paola Loriggio and Alanna Rizza , The Canadian Press

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