Today is the day! Hundreds of thousands of fans will be making their way to the city’s downtown core today for the first-ever Toronto Raptors parade. Toronto blew up on Thursday night after the Raptors made history by defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The massive parade will be the first of its kind since the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series back in 1993.
The parade is scheduled to kick off at 10:00 AM on the Exhibition Place grounds. It will head east on Lake Shore Boulevard before turning north onto York Street and University Avenue. The parade will then travel along Queen Street before making its final stop in Nathan Phillips Square at 12:30 PM.
Those who want to avoid the crowds can head over to Coronation Park where a parade viewing party will be held.
MLSE has revealed to CP24 that the Raptors and their friends and family will travel around the city in five open-air double-decker buses. Drake, the team’s global ambassador, will be assigned his own separate float. Masai Ujiri, the team’s president, will appear in the parade with his family in a grey Ford convertible. Head coach Nick Nurse will be escorted through the city in a red Ford convertible.
The first bus will carry Serge Ibaka, Jodie Meeks and Malcolm Miller, followed by the second bus carrying Danny Green, Norman Powell and Chris Boucher, reports 680NEWS.
The third bus will feature Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and Kawhi Leonard, who will then be followed by Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Patrick McCaw in bus number four. Finally, Marc Gasol, Eric Moreland, Jeremy Lin and Jordan Loyd will be on the last bus.
10 Ford F-150s will carry the Raptors coaching staff and families with a separate float carrying the MSLE Board of Directors and their spouses.
Wayne Embry, the team’s senior basketball advisor, and his wife will travel in a silver Ford convertible while general manager Bobby Webster and his family will be in white Ford convertible.
Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia will also serve as the honourary parade marshal, CP24 reports.
Ongoing story, more details to come.