Toronto is celebrating the Raptors’ first NBA championship and that party will continue on Monday with a parade and fan rally downtown.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Princes’ Gates on the Exhibition grounds and will travel along Lake Shore to York Street, then north on York to University Avenue, to Queen Street and Nathan Phillips Square.
- Full live coverage will be on CityNews.ca and 680NEWS.com.
- Citytv and Sportsnet will be broadcasting the parade.
- Citytv’s Dina Pugliese will be hosting the parade along with Tim and Sid from Sportsnet.
- OMNI Television will have multilingual coverage of the celebrations.
The parade will feature open-air double decker buses carrying the team with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. It will then arrive at Nathan Phillips Square for the fan rally, which will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A parade viewing party will also be held at Coronation Park, located at 711 Lakeshore Blvd. W.
Road closures will be released at a later time.
- 10 a.m. – Parade departs Princes’ Gates (Exhibition Place)
- 12:30 p.m. – Parade arrives at Nathan Phillips Square
- 12:30 p.m. – Canadian Snowbirds perform flyover of Nathan Phillips Square
- 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Championship celebration at Nathan Phillips Square
- Parade departs Princes’ Gate at 10 a.m.
- East on Lakeshore Boulevard to York Street
- North on York Street
- North on University Avenue
- Enter Nathan Phillips Square via Queen Street at 12:30 p.m.
- 5 Avenue Rd
- 6 Bay
- 29 Dufferin
- 121 Fort York-Esplanade
- 501 Queen
- 504 King
- 509 Harbourfront
- 510 Spadina
- 511 Bathurst
- 504 King
*NOTE: The 510 Spadina will not be available at Union Station. Commuters should use the 509 Harbourfront instead to connect with the 510 at Spadina Ave. and Queens Quay (Spadina Loop).
The city said Monday there will be a series of rolling closures that will affect streets on and around Exhibition Place, Lake Shore Boulevard West, York Street and University Avenue.
From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. the eastbound Gardiner Expressway exits at Spadina and York-Bay-Yonge will be closed.
The city added that the following full closures and restrictions are expected to be in effect around Nathan Phillips Square starting as early as 9 a.m. Monday:
- 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