Raptors fans will get a chance to celebrate with the world champion team on Monday in downtown Toronto at a victory parade, which will end with an hour-long “fan rally.”
“This means so much to our city and to many in Canada, and we are looking forward to showing everyone the Larry O’Brien trophy on Monday,” said team president Masai Ujiri in a press release. “Bringing the NBA Championship to Toronto is the realization of a goal for our team and for our players and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate together with our fans."
Michael Bartlett, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s head of community affairs and events, said that “potentially” 1.5 million to 2 million people could line the entire parade route.
He told CTV News Channel that organizers will be working closely with the City of Toronto and local police on this “big job.”
The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors, 114-110, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
The championship parade will begin at 10 a.m. from Princes’ Gates at Exhibition Place, when the team will hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy on “open-air double decker buses.”
Over two and a half hours, the buses will move slowly along downtown streets to the Nathan Phillips Square, the large urban plaza in front of Toronto City Hall. Large crowds are expected to congregate ahead of the parade, and in efforts to alleviate congestions, a separate “viewing party” will be held a few kilometres away at a lakefront park.
"We are so proud of our Toronto Raptors and this history-making Finals run,” said Mayor John Tory in the news release. “On Monday, we get to come together as a city to celebrate the team. Everyone is working together to make sure the parade will be a great and memorable event. On behalf of the residents of Toronto, I want to congratulate and thank the players, coaches and the entire Toronto Raptors organization for bringing home our city's first NBA championship!"
Here is the lineup of parade vehicles:
- Following a motorcade of police vehicles and two broadcast trucks, Toronto Raptors fans, represented by Superfan Nav Bhatia, will serve as the Honorary Parade Marshall.
- Masai Ujiri, President, Toronto Raptors, and family in grey Ford convertible.
- Bobby Webster, General Manager, Toronto Raptors, and family in white Ford convertible.
- Nick Nurse, Head Coach, Toronto Raptors, and family in red Ford convertible.
- Wayne Embry, Senior Basketball Advisor, Toronto Raptors, and wife in silver Ford convertible.
- 10 Ford F-150 Raptor vehicles carrying Toronto Raptors coaching staff and families.
- Toronto Raptors parade float towed by Ford F-250 carrying MLSE Board of Directors and spouses: Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of the Board, MLSE and Chairman, NBA Board of Governors, George Cope, Bell Canada, Edward Rogers, Rogers Communications Inc., Bernard le Duc, Bell Canada, Glen Le Blanc, Bell Canada, Joe Natale, Rogers Communications Inc.,Tony Staffieri, Rogers Communications Inc., David Miller, Rogers Communications Inc., Dale Lastman, Goodmans LLP
- Ford F-150 Raptor carrying “The 6ix Stix”
- Trolley carrying families of MLSE Board of Directors
- Tangerine parade float towed by Ford F-150 carrying MLSE Executive Leadership Team
- Parade float towed by Ford Ranger featuring Raptors global ambassador Drake
- Open top double-decker buses carrying Toronto Raptors players with friends and family: Bus #1 – Serge Ibaka, Jodie Meeks and Malcolm Miller; Bus #2 – Danny Green, Norman Powell and Chris Boucher; Bus #3 – Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and Kawhi Leonard; Bus #4 – Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Patrick McCaw; Bus #5 – Marc Gasol, Eric Moreland, Jeremy Lin and Jordan Loyd
- Police escort and EMS vehicles
- Two pipe and drum support vehicles