The latest from the Raptors parade in Toronto

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TORONTO — 10:05 a.m.

The Raptors’ victory parade has kicked off in Toronto, with thousands of fans turning out to celebrate the NBA champions.

Players and their families are riding in five open top double-decker buses along the route, smiling and waving to the cheering crowds.

Some of the Raptors are smoking cigars and drinking champagne.

Head coach Nick Nurse is in a red convertible with his family, while other coaches and executives are on floats and other vehicles.

The parade is set to end at a square outside Toronto’s city hall, where a rally will be held.

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9:45 a.m.

Thousands of Raptors fans have packed the route of the parade celebrating the Toronto team’s NBA championship win.

The basketball team clinched the title on Thursday, becoming the first NBA franchise outside the U.S. to win the Finals.

The parade is set to start at fair grounds by Toronto’s lakefront and end at a public square outside city hall.

Players will be riding in open top double-decker buses, along with the families, coaches and team executives.

 

The Canadian Press

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