Remembering the Raptors' Victory Parade

June 17, 2020

One year ago today the Raptors celebrated their victory in the NBA Finals - and all of Canada joined in the celebration.

It certainly felt like all of Canada was present at the parade in Toronto. The crowds were incredible.

My family and I arrived early on University Avenue, a little after 9:00 AM, and settled into place. We heard that the parade should come by around 10:30 - 11:00 AM. It soon became clear that that wasn't going to happen.

We waited with a very friendly crowd in the hot sun for hours. People shared snacks and water. It was a great atmosphere. People did the wave...

The crowd built up over the hours and seemed to fit into every possible spot...

It wasn't until after 1:30 PM that Superfan Nav Bhatia came through.

Soon after came a boom camera, a very upbeat Masai Ujiri, and then Nick Nurse.

The Raptors' mascot took the stage and streamers fell from the sky...

Then the players came through and the crowd really went wild. I'll let the photos speak from here...

Many thanks to the Raptors for the amazing accomplishment and the joy that it brought to our city. Go Raptors Go!


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