Raptors Finally Arrive At Nathan Phillips Square For First Ever Canadian NBA Championship Parade (PHOTOS)
Millions of Raptors fans have gathered into the streets of Toronto today to celebrate the first NBA Championship parade in Canadian history. The Raptors, their staff and of course, global ambassador Drake partied hard as they rolled through Toronto. The players treated fans to champagne showers at the Toronto Raptors parade from the tops of their double-decker buses.
It seems like not a single Raptors fan in the city was willing to miss out on today's festivities. Fans have been ditching work and lining up since the weekend to get a spot in the historic parade. Raptors players chanted, cheered and celebrated with their families and fans all morning, enjoying cigars along the way.
Now, after being delayed for hours, the Raptors are making their scheduled arrival at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square for the post-parade rally. Fans rang in their arrival with a beautiful rendition of O' Canada.
THE WHOLE CITY OF TORONTO OUT HERE 🤯🤯 #WeTheNorthDay | @Raptors https://t.co/UK3Oe1VbNM— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet)1560788618.0
Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau & @Klow7 are getting ready for the celebrations to kick-off in TO! #WeTheNorth https://t.co/dsHnhatnK9— NBA Canada (@NBA Canada)1560799497.0
Lowry y Leonard CANADÁ https://t.co/9d2oxiiUuQ #WeTheNorth #WeTheChamps https://t.co/tcOMkcA7Wg— NBA Spain (@NBA Spain)1560800641.0
Fans at the @raptors parade belting out "We Are The Champions" is music to our ears 🎵 #WeTheNorthDay | @Raptors https://t.co/ILYrV4RaCe— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet)1560801125.0
Kawhi is chilling with the Prime Minister of Canada! 🦖🇨🇦 @timandsid #WeTheNorth #WeTheNorthDay #RaptorsParade https://t.co/MBTZrJzWcY— Tim (@Tim)1560799863.0
Parade-goers have been documenting the entire day, admiring how the Raptors are celebrating in style. Here are some of the highlights of the exciting day:
Marc Gasol in his element. Spraying the crowd with champagne. Complete elation. What a shot. What a day. What a… https://t.co/uNnvZBbixL— Lucas Meyer (@Lucas Meyer)1560796951.0
Toronto gets LOUD for @Klow7 🙌👑 Watch live parade coverage here 👇 https://t.co/VhkuUY9Y8c #WeTheNorthDay |… https://t.co/CqnjP8CjkQ— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet)1560800653.0
HERE IS A VIDEO OF PASCAL SHOWERING HIMSELF IN CHAMPAGNE WHILE KAWHI BOPPIN ON THE BUS IN FRONT OF HIM . THIS IS A… https://t.co/4WjtCynUnr— paco (@paco)1560790923.0
Norman Powell @Raptors @npowell2404 with the champagne 🍾 for #WeTheNorth #RaptorParade #WeTheNorthDay https://t.co/6GoS4WR56v— Bruce Bolton (@Bruce Bolton)1560783105.0
Plant Guy gives Kawhi his housewarming gift at last. #WeTheNorth #RaptorsParade https://t.co/BRAVEtYJlL— yung & wild & vaccinated (@yung & wild & vaccinated)1560796671.0
Party time! #WeTheNorth https://t.co/qXDpCXPJ3n— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors)1560779114.0
Kawhi Leonard enjoying a celebratory cigar while looking out at all the Raptors fans as the parade about to get und… https://t.co/oMdiJ4ODa4— NextSportStar.com (@NextSportStar.com)1560779719.0
🔥 RT @Raptors: THE CHAMP IS HERE @DGreen_14 | #WeTheNorth https://t.co/UVAbjRw9kO— 💪🏼 (@💪🏼)1560788064.0
While the parade took much longer than expected due to the huge turnout of fans, the Raptors are finally hitting Nathan Phillips Square – though a few hours later than planned. Yet, they were still received with a warm welcome from millions of fans who were awaiting their arrival.
What a magical moment. That adoring roar was electrifying as the #RaptorsParade reached Toronto's downtown core.… https://t.co/y0Sfc6IfnP— Amanda Ferguson 🌈 (@Amanda Ferguson 🌈)1560795912.0
While the Raptors may be partying in style, they are also amazed and thrilled at the turnout that this parade has received.
Even Kyle Lowry seemed taken aback by the news of the huge turnout. On his latest Instagram post, he stated "Wow!!! #WETHENORTH I heard we getting 2million got the parade?!?!! Grandma, I know you front row already!!”
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment revealed that two million fans were expected to show up along the parade route today to celebrate the Raptors' victory, making it one of the largest events that the city of Toronto has ever hosted.
The parade was so large that overcrowding became a problem during the parade. Subway stations were shut down and fans waiting in Nathan Phillips Square required medical assistance for dehydration.