Raptors Parade 2019: Twitter Reaction, Photos, Videos and More

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2019

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 holds up the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors holds up the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after Game Six of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on June 13, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Toronto Raptors celebrated their 2019 NBA title with seemingly all of Canada at the championship parade Monday. 

The sheer number of fans who turned out for the celebration was truly awe-inspiring:

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Raptors fans TURNED OUT 👏 (via @Sportsnet) https://t.co/xgaMIp1Qm5

Sportsnet @Sportsnet

THE WHOLE CITY OF TORONTO OUT HERE 🤯🤯 #WeTheNorthDay | @Raptors https://t.co/UK3Oe1VbNM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors

Speechless. #WeTheNorth https://t.co/Ulb7MtDnK9


The scene in Toronto! Watch the @Raptors Championship Parade live on @nbatv, https://t.co/Pqxh2EPubW & the NBA app. #WeTheNorth https://t.co/JguOF00UIp

City of Toronto @cityoftoronto

Nathan Phillips Square is at capacity, no one else will be allowed on the Square. Watch the parade + rally on big screen at Coronation Park. Everyone onsite: please celebrate safely... @TorontoPolice want you to be able to enjoy the entire event! #WeTheNorthDay #WeTheNorth https://t.co/D9AfdMnEZr

Organizers expected about two million fans to be in attendance for the parade, per Reuters (via Yahoo), and the actual totals might have exceeded that.

While the fans seemed to be having fun, the players were the real stars of the show while enjoying themselves on the buses:

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Marc Gasol is chugging wine on the parade bus. Legend 🤣 (via @djlateknight) https://t.co/rg5LSEq3OL


🙌 @MarcGasol hypes up the Toronto crowd! Watch the @Raptors Championship Parade live on @nbatv, https://t.co/Pqxh2EPubW & the NBA app. #WeTheNorth https://t.co/4cmtBgYieL


Championship mood 😎 @Raptors @Klow7 🏆 https://t.co/os185r3VFM


"Look at these people. The ground is shaking. It's unbelievable." NBA Champion @FredVanVleet on the fan turnout for the @Raptors Championship Parade. #WeTheNorth https://t.co/DzBFW5Jg6a

Even the normally reserved Kawhi Leonard was able to let loose:

Frank Gunn @frankgunnphoto

.⁦@Raptors⁩ ⁦@kawhileonard⁩ celebrates during the parade. #wethenorth #wethenorthday #toronto https://t.co/dp1FoOSMdf

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Kawhi’s in full title mode 🤣 (via @Sportsnet) https://t.co/tVpJVgzOsT


#WeTheNorth #WeTheChamps https://t.co/gkWiuCMByQ

The fans were also doing whatever they could to get the pending free agent to stay in Toronto:

Yahoo Sports Canada @YahooCASports

Crowd to Kawhi: ONE MORE YEAR Kyle Lowry to crowd: FIVE MORE YEARS https://t.co/rYImiYzVTv

Raptors Girls @RaptorsGirls

Plant Guy gives Kawhi his housewarming gift at last. #WeTheNorth #RaptorsParade https://t.co/BRAVEtYJlL

Meanwhile, Drake was unsurprisingly involved while riding along with the players:

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Drake catching and chugging beers at the parade like he’s Gronk (via @blogTO, frazercb/IG) https://t.co/iy5sURuXzc

He isn't technically part of the team, but you would never know from his reactions during the playoff run or the championship celebration.

It was a big moment for everyone involved as the franchise brought home its first title in more than 20 years of existence. The fans were clearly more than ready to celebrate after the long wait.