It's Parade Day!

It's Parade Day!

Throngs of fans are expected to line the streets of Toronto today as the city celebrates its first major professional sports championship in more than a quarter century.

Mayor John Tory has declared today "We The North Day'' in Toronto.

A parade and rally to mark the team's historic win over the Golden State Warriors is set to get underway at 10 a.m. and wind its way through downtown.

The Raptors will travel the parade route in open-air double-decker buses with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy in tow.

Here's what you need to know, according to the City of Toronto:

10 a.m. Parade departs Exhibition Place, Princes’ Gates, runs east along Lakeshore Boulevard West, then north on York Street and University Avenue to Queen Street West.

12:30 p.m. Rally at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West. Look way up! Watch for the Royal Canadian Air Force Opens in new window Snowbirds for a flyby at approximately 12:30 p.m.

What to Pack
Please pack light and plan for the weather. Items like coolers, chairs, umbrellas, large bags etc. will not be permitted on Nathan Phillips Square before or during the rally. Plan accordingly before you come down.

Watch the Rally From Coronation Park
Take in the start of the parade, then cross over to a mini-Jurassic Park setup in Coronation Park Opens in new window to watch the Nathan Phillips Square rally on the big screen.

Road Closures

Please consider riding public transit to and from work as there will be significant road closures and delays on Monday. A series of rolling closures will affect streets on and around Exhibition Place, Lake Shore Boulevard West, York Street and University Avenue. Starting at 9 a.m.:

Eastbound Gardiner Expressway exits at Spadina and York-Bay-Yonge will be closed (9 a.m. to noon)

The following full closures and restrictions are expected to be in effect around Nathan Phillips Square starting as early as 9 a.m. on Monday, June 17:

  • Bay Street will be fully closed between Dundas Street and Richmond Street West

  • Queen Street West will be fully closed between Yonge Street and University Avenue

  • Chestnut Street and Elizabeth Street will be fully closed

  • Armoury Street will have restricted access

Listen to Newstalk 1010 starting at 10 a.m. for full coverage of the Raptors victory parade and rally. 

Hosts Ryan Doyle and Jim Richards will be joined by former Raptors head coach Butch Carter for the live broadcast at Nathan Phillips Square.


With files from the Canadian Press

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