Raptors Celebrate Championship Victory in the Streets of Toronto
If you decided to drive into downtown on Monday, what did you think was going to happen?
Today, the entire city of Toronto came together to celebrate the Toronto Raptors on capturing its first every NBA championship. A parade that commenced at Exhibition place, downtown was packed all along Lakeshore, all the way up to Nathan Phillips Square. Hundreds of thousands of Raptors fans came decked out in their gear to support their champions as the Raptors paraded down the streets.
Delayed due to the sheer mass of humanity, the team finally reached the rally point three hours later than scheduled.
Nevertheless, it was a parade the city would not forget anytime soon!
NBA trophy and WWE-customized championship belt in hand, the Raptors enjoyed their day surrounded by around 2-million fans. It was a celebration that included a ton of high points, including Kyle Lowry sparking a “five more years” chant in an effort to begin recruiting pending free agent, Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard’s uncle didn’t seem too mind the chant and even looked to have joined in.
The parade ended on a high note when the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor John Tory and various players and executives received the opportunity to speak. No moment was grander than the speech of the two-time NBA Finals MVP.
Unfortunately, the parade included a tragedy. Right as the players made their way onto the stage at Nathan Phillips Square, a shooting broke out on Bay Street. and Albert Street. Four victims were hospitalized with “non life-threatening injuries”, while two individuals were arrested on site, allowing the rally to go on. Leonard, Drake, and Nick Nurse all did their best to lighten the mood and bring spirits up, but it was clear that some of the energy present throughout the day vanished.
It was a negative moment that may have just tarnished what otherwise was an incredible day for the city of Toronto.
Check out some more images of the event!