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19:17  17 june  2019
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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 Raptors fans react at Jurassic Park, outside of the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto , as they watch the MLSE said it expects to have a large crowd before the parade ’s arrival. Fans are expected to be out in full Raptors colours and gear for the rally . A parade viewing party will also be

Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka, left, guard Kyle Lowry, center, and guard Danny Green, third from Celebrate with the Raptors on Monday. Parade departs at 10 from Exhibition Place, Princes’ Gates The city of Toronto said it anticipates " huge crowds " to gather downtown for the festivities.

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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.

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Toronto ’s cops have been spending the weekend planning for the tremendous crowds that will flood into downtown Monday to celebrate the Raptors ’ NBA victory, says police spokesman Allison Sparkes. She said officers will be positioned along the parade route, at the rally and in the crowds .

The Toronto Raptors NBA championship parade and rally goes does on Monday June 17. To accommodate the parade that will wind its way from Exhibitio Festivals to shut down Toronto streets this weekend. TTC buses and streetcars avoiding downtown Toronto tonight for Game 6.

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."

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The Toronto Raptors will hold a victory parade in downtown Toronto on Monday morning and will travel by ‘open-air double decker buses’ to the "We are so proud of our Toronto Raptors and this history-making Finals run,” said Mayor John Tory in the news release. “On Monday, we get to come

The NBA champion Toronto Raptors will hold a rally with the Larry O’Brien trophy at Nathan Phillips Square following Monday’s victory parade and The parade will get underway at 10 a.m. at Exhibition Place’s Princes’ Gates and will then head east on Lakeshore Boulevard before turning north onto York

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."

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Toronto Raptors fans may still be celebrating — albeit quite sleepily — their team's first NBA championship, but they will have another chance to party on Monday during the official championship parade and rally . Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced Friday that the parade in

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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.

Woman shot near Raptors Championship parade in downtown Toronto

Woman shot near Raptors Championship parade in downtown Toronto Toronto police said officers were called to the scene near Bay Street, near the southeast corner of the Square, just before 4 p.m. READ MORE: Millions of fans flood downtown Toronto for Raptors victory parade A spokesperson told Global News a woman was shot. Toronto paramedics are on scene treating the victim. Fans are being told to stay calm and stay in place. The festivities were put on hold before several people, including Raptors coach Nick Nurse and broadcaster Matt Devlin spoke to the crowd, in an effort to keep them calm. More to come.

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse and many players returned to Toronto from Las Vegas late Saturday night. Last week, the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the franchise's first ever title in its 24-year history.

The Toronto Raptors parade is happening on Monday, June 17 in celebration of their NBA Championship win. The parade route details are as The parade will depart from the Princes’ Gates, located at 11 Princes’ Boulevard, at 10 a.m., before proceeding east on Lakeshore Boulevard to York

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

Police release images of man wanted for stabbings at Raptors' victory parade.
"The man produced a knife and stabbed three men and a boy," police said in a news release. "He then fled the area." © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Toronto police released security camera images of a man wanted for a quadruple stabbing near Yonge and Dundas Square on Monday during the Raptors' victory parade. The four victims were taken to a hospital for treatment, where they remain in serious condition. The man is described as being in his mid-20s, with a medium build. He was wearing a black sweater, black pants and a black head covering, according to police.

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