The city of Toronto, and really Canada as a whole, has been salivating at their chance to celebrate the Raptors’ first NBA championship in franchise history ever since they took down the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. With the championship parade going off Monday morning in downtown Toronto, the Raptors faithful did not disappoint.
With reportedly nearly two million people packed into Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto, many arriving hours before the parade was set to begin, fans went all out for the coronation of Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and the rest of the Raps.
One fan was roaming the streets with a “Chips With The Dip” sign attached to his back, a reference to Drake’s wild interview minutes after the Raps’ Game 6 victory, and an actual bowl of chips and dip.
As the morning went on, fans wanting a better of the parade starting getting bold, with a handful scaling the multiple arches in the middle of Nathan Phillips Square for a higher vantage point.
Then the parade began, and Leonard continued to live his very best life. The Finals MVP showed up rocking a New Balance “Board Man Gets Paid” t-shirt, puffing on a stogey and generally exuding coolness.
Drake showed up, of course, hopping on a bus with Lowry, who was rocking a throwback Damon Stoudamire Raptors jersey, and Fred Van Vleet, who was gripping a large bottle of champagne.
Danny Green is a whole championship mood, winning best hair of the day while grooving to some smooth NBA title sounds, a bottle of Ace of Spades in one hand and a cigar in the other. Later on in the day he’d bust out a replica wrestling championship belt.
There’s a standard to reach in terms of celebration when you team does something for the first time in franchise history. It’s safe to say Raps fans have gone above and beyond it.