Raptors take to the streets to celebrate NBA championship
There was a little bit of everything on Parade Day as north of two million people flooded the streets of Toronto to get a look at the new NBA champs. See how it all went down right here.
Well, it looks like that's a wrap for Parade Day. It had just about everything from confetti to mayor John Tory to Drake to Kawhi mimicking his laugh from the start of the season.
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"Give somebody a hug today," the Toronto rapper said repeatedly in celebration of the city's first NBA Championship. "You deserve this."
Drake is up. Stay tuned.
Kawhi steals the show by emulating his trademark laugh from his introductory press conference. No, really.
Trudeau credits Raptors for "pulling everyone together."
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And of course, Kyle Lowry and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard get the biggest roars.
The players are finally arriving on stage and the fans love Freddy and Serge!
Marc Gasol just won't stop!
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is at the stage waiting for the Raptors' arrival.
They've been on the bus since 10am ET. It's officially a marathon.
The city says at least two million are in attendance for the parade. Remarkable.
Nathan Phillips Square belts out O Canada as Snowbird planes fly over. We're just minutes away from players arriving now.
Plant guy made his delivery.
They continue to climb in Toronto.
Sooooooo many people!
What a day in Toronto. It's just unbelievable.
Will Kawhi Leonard make the cover of NBA2K?
This probably won't be the only mic drop from Drake this afternoon.
Even if you're at work today, you're watching the parade.
Crowd chants "one more year!" to Kawhi, but Kyle wants five.
Yonge and Dundas is now open for business to watch the parade.
Due to the thousands upon thousands of people, the Raptors parade is taking far longer than expected.
Norman Powell might be having the best time. And Cabbie is soaked.
Another interesting fact about Raptors fans...they love to climb.
Danny Green impresses with his Canadian population knowledge.
Does he stay?
Lowry is having the time of his life.
We believe in Masai!
The sweet taste of victory! How does it feel Cabbie?
They're getting closer...
George Cope, Larry Tanenbaum, and Edward Rogers talk about how this is a dream come true for the MLSE ownership group and discuss how the Raptors bring Canada together.
"Could not imagine a better ending to it."
"This is why we wanted to win a championship. This is unbelievable." - Kyle Lowry
"Thank you Toronto, thank you Canada for the support. We did it." - Kawhi Leonard
Pascal Siakam having a time.
He's a fun guy.
Plant Guy vs. Plant Guy drama.
People are getting out of their cars on the Gardiner Expressway to watch the parade.
Raise the belt, Danny!
What a picture.
The arches at Nathan Phillips Square are in play now.
It pays to be a construction worker on this day!
The man who has never missed a Raptors home game since their inception in 1995 talks to TSN's Matthew Scianitti.
It took a while to get things going, but the buses are finally on route to Nathan Phillips Square. What a party!
Be safe, Toronto. Be safe.
A championship belt for the champs, courtesy of wrestling superstar Triple H.
Kayla Grey talks to the lone Canadian on the Raptors, Chris Boucher.
It's Plant Guy! "I took it from home...I live in the woods."
Nathan Phillips Square is full everybody. Find a TV and turn on TSN for this historic moment.
Larry O'Brien and Drake are on the same bus, folks.
Fans of all ages are out in full force at the parade.
It's just getting started, friends.
School might not be out for the summer quite yet, but you better believe it's out for Raptors' parade day.
Lowry is going old school for his attire today. Mighty Mouse would be proud.
It's appears Danny Green has a fresh haircut for the celebration.
Two to the Raptors' biggest fans will be major contributors in Monday's parade. Super fan, Nav Bhatia, will lead the parade as the Honorary Parade Marshall while Toronto-based rapper Drake will have his own float, according to Laura Armstrong of the Toronto Star.
The party is well underway in Toronto and it hasn't even officially started yet..
The buses are ready to go at Exhibition Place.
Who knows if Leonard will stay or sign somewhere else this summer, but at least fans are putting forth their best effort to convince him to stay. Plant Guy went viral Thursday night thanks to his housewarming gift for Kawhi and now there's Plant Guy No. 2.
Saying the crowd is getting pumped up would be an understatement.
Five buses will carry the players throughout the city. Which group of players are you most excited to see?
Bus 1 - Serge Ibaka, Jodie Meeks, Malcolm Miller
Bus 2 - Danny Green, Norman Powell, Chris Boucher
Bus 3 - Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Kawhi Leonard
Bus 4 - Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Patrick McCaw
Bus 5 - Marc Gasol, Eric Moreland, Jeremy Lin, Jordan Loyd
"Kawhi Leonard bringing a 'chip to the city. I want my 'chips with the dip. That's all I know. I don't want my 'chips plain. I want my 'chips with the dips. So bring them dips!" - Drake and this fan.
It's safe to safe longtime Raptor Kyle Lowry is excited for Monday's festivities. Expect the point guard to get one of the loudest ovations at the parade.
By early morning, Nathan Phillips Square was nearly filled to capacity.
Fans were set up at Nathan Phillips Square as early as Sunday morning in order to get a good spot for the historic moment. By 2:20am on Monday, there was reportedly over 1,000 fans camping out with spontaneous "Let's Go Raptors" chants.