Nathan Phillips Square is packed solid for the Toronto Raptors parade. So many fans showed up to the square that authorities had to stop letting people in - by the looks of it, the lucky fans that secured a spot in the crowd are having the times of their lives. The sound of fans singing O’Canada rang through square at the first ever NBA Championship Parade in Canada's history.
It was pure magic just to see that many people come together to sing the national anthem. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds flew over the sea of red Raptors shirts as fans sang their hearts out.
The jets departed Toronto Pearson Airport shortly before the anthem was scheduled to begin, as the NBA Champions slowly made their arrival at their final destination.
According to CTV, the champs were originally supposed to arrive in Nathan Phillips Square at 12:30 PM, but were delayed almost as soon as they started. The team’s buses were blocked by adoring fans coming out of Princes Gates Exhibition Stadium at 10:00 AM, delaying their initial arrival time at the square.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also came out to show his support for the Raptors. Trudeau arrived on scene and immediately gave Raptors President Masai Ujiri a big bear hug in a tender and truly Canadian moment.
You can watch that heartwarming interaction here:
It has been speculated that as many two million fans would be in Toronto to celebrate the Raptors first NBA Championship, but many reports now claim that the city is surpassing that number. No official estimation has been made yet, but given the fact that the whole city appears to have come to a stand-still, it's clear that the turnout was unprecedented.