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Toronto Ready to Celebrate Raptors’ First NBA Championship on Monday


Huge crowds are expected downtown to celebrate the Toronto Raptors’ first NBA championship on Monday. A parade and rally are planned and will include a series of full and rolling road closures in the city.

City staff are working with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), Toronto Police Service, TTC, GO Transit and other partners to co-ordinate plans for a parade that will culminate with a rally at Nathan Phillips Square.

The public is reminded to plan their travel ahead on Monday. Please consider riding public transit, cycling, walking, taxi or ride hailing. Road closures will be in place starting as early as 9 a.m. and those travelling in and out of the city could experience significant delays.

Parade route:
There will be a series of rolling closures that will affect streets at and around Exhibition Place, as well as Lake Shore Boulevard West, York Street and University Avenue. The parade will begin at Exhibition Place at 10 a.m.

Rally at Nathan Phillips Square:
The parade will culminate with a rally at Nathan Phillips Square that will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. (or when the procession arrives). The following full closures and restrictions are expected to be in effect around the square starting as early as 9 a.m.:
• 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 and Elizabeth Streets will be fully closed.
• Armoury Street will have restricted access.

Those who need to attend City Hall, including employees, to work or for scheduled meetings or to attend Service Canada and Service Ontario offices or the wedding chamber, will be required to access the building via the entrance at the rear (north) of the building at Elizabeth Street. Large staging will be erected in front of the main entrance at City Hall. The Green P parking garage entrance will be closed starting at 9 a.m.

TTC information:
The TTC will be adding additional resources to accommodate people travelling to and from the parade including extra staff, streetcars and more frequent subway service. The following TTC routes will be on diversion as a result of the festivities: 5 Avenue Rd, 6 Bay, 29 Dufferin, 121 Fort York-Esplanade, 501 Queen, 504 King, 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina and 511 Bathurst. Customers should also note that the 510 Spadina will not be available at Union Station. Anyone travelling in that area should use the 509 Harbourfront instead to connect with the 510 at Spadina Ave. and Queens Quay (Spadina Loop). Customers can check and follow @TTCnotices for the most current service and trip planning information.

Go Transit information:
The Union Station Bus Terminal will remain open and all routes running during the parade. For access to Exhibition Station, please check the schedules for Lakeshore West and some Lakeshore East trains. Alternatively, the public can join the parade along the route from Union Station. Please visit to plan ahead, and check schedules and service updates before leaving for downtown Toronto. Working with all of our partners at the City, TTC and Toronto Police, Metrolinx continues to develop a safety and service plan for the parade and more information will follow. Trains will be exceptionally full so all commuters are asked to be patient.


“We are so proud of our Toronto Raptors and this history-making Finals run. On Monday, we get to come together as a city to celebrate the team. Everyone is working together to make sure the parade will be a great and memorable event. On behalf of the residents of Toronto, I want to congratulate and thank the players, coaches and the entire Toronto Raptors organization for bringing home our city’s first NBA championship!”
- Mayor John Tory

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