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Raptors win is a win for basketball in Canada

Raptors win is a win for basketball in Canada

He said fans can expect the "biggest party Toronto has ever seen on Monday".

Many who couldn't make it downtown watched the festivities from afar.

Crowds packed the route and the square outside City Hall where the march was to end this afternoon.

Diana Macecevic of Toronto said she asked her boss for the day off well in advance so she could attend the celebrations, and she said her boss was glad to let her go.

Streets were closed off to accommodate the convoy carrying the Raptors, and three subway stations were also closed due to overcrowding on the street level. Several hoisted signs urging Leonard, who will become a free agent in the off-season, to stick with the team he helped rise to the top.

MLSE has estimated that as many as two-million people could be in attendance at today's parade.

City of Toronto staff were given the option, when possible, of going to the game, without having to use vacation time, said spokeswoman Christina Barnes.

Some fans are already leaving the square saying the crowd is getting rowdy.

People could be seen running away from the area and eye witnesses say word of the shooting sent a section of the crowd into a stampede, with people screaming and hiding in nearby bushes. He said the officer was not seriously injured in the alleged incident, but did complain of pain in his jaw.

They say the children will be taken to 52 Division, where parents can pick them up.

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"Two people have been arrested and two firearms recovered", Toronto police Const. David Hopkinson told CP24 by phone.

The nurse came over to the fans to greet them, and shook some fans hands.

Some at Nathan Phillips Square appeared to grow impatient, chanting "bring the parade!"

Toronto Mayor John Tory proclaimed June 17, 2019, as "We The North" day to mark the occasion, borrowing the slogan used by the Raptors. Fans who are now at Nathan Phillips Square have been reporting that those who have been waiting to see the Raptors for hours aren't doing so well.

"It's the culmination of playing for 24 years".

A staunch supporter and the team's global ambassador, Drake has been a fixture at every home game.

The Alameda County Sheriff's office is now pursuing a misdemeanor charge against Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri for simple battery of a police officer, which stems from an altercation immediately after Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

The team was initially expected back in Toronto on Saturday, but instead most players stayed an additional night celebrating in Las Vegas. Watching the GRaptors first victory parade!

Lowry and Stoudamire were teammates with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2007-08.

"Bringing the National Basketball Association 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".