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.
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:
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.
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.