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BRING ON THE PARADE!: Raptors, fans to celebrate historic win together

Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors celebrates his teams win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 to win the 2019 NBA Finals.
Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors celebrates his teams win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 to win the 2019 NBA Finals. - Larry Wong/Postmedia

Celebration procession scheduled for June 17

It’s time for a parade!

On Monday, the Toronto Raptors will join fans to celebrate the long-awaited first NBA Championship for the team with a parade.

“At last the world knows our Toronto Raptors as the undisputed NBA champions,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement Friday.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Exhibition Place and travel along Lakeshore Blvd. to York St. before heading north to University Ave. and Armoury St. and ending at Nathan Phillips Square. The city hall rally will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The parade will feature an open-air double decker bus carrying the team and the championship trophy.

“This means so much to our city and so many in Canada, and we are looking forward to showing everyone the Larry O’Brien trophy on Monday,” team president Masai Ujiri said.

“Bringing the NBA Championship to Toronto is the realization of a goal for our team and players and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate together with our fans.”

Tory is urging employers to give people time off work to celebrate the historic event.

“Basketball fans across the world now know what ‘We The North’ really means as our Canadian team finally raises the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy,” Tory said.

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