At one point, officers pulled a semi-conscious child over the barrier and onto a stretcher. Several subway stations near the parade route were also shut down due to overcrowding.
The Toronto Raptors will continue to bask in the glory of their first National Basketball Association championship Monday when they parade through the streets of downtown Toronto with the Larry O'Brien Trophy in tow. "We were able to get to the victims, we were able to get medical help to them....and we were able to make those arrests very, very quickly".
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau honored the Raptors on Monday.
Starting at 10 a.m., the team will ride atop double-decker buses from Exhibition Place, down Lake Shore Boulevard, past Scotiabank Arena to Nathan Phillips Square for a final rally.
This is the unfortunate reality that faithful San Antonio Spurs fans had to endure last season as the soft-spoken small forward Kawhi Leonard demanded a trade from the tight-knit Alamo community to play for a bigger market like NY or Los Angeles. "If this is how kawhi announces he will re-sign I am hear for this and will buy only new balance going forward", someone writes.
Many said they decided not to go to school or work so they could attend the massive celebration. Tory was one of the biggest supporters of the Raptors during their run, as he spent time cheering and celebrating with fans in Jurassic Park. It's also the first major sports title Toronto has captured in over a quarter-century when the Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series.
"I told my boss I wanted to be at the parade and he said there wasn't much he could do if I called in sick, so that's exactly what I did", the 31-year-old said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the whole team".
A spokesperson for the Raptors said the team is expected to return for a victory parade and rally in Toronto on Monday.
And if Leonard ultimately decides to leave, VanVleet jokes that the Raptors will simply have to "kick his ass next year". With averages of 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and two steals, the two-way star wielded the precious Finals MVP award once again, leaving a sour taste in the mouths of petty Spurs fans everywhere.
Star guard Kyle Lowry, the team's longest-serving member, was seen hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy while his teammates smoked cigars.