18 JUN 2019: They are calling it the longest NBA championship parade in history. It took over five hours for double-decker buses carrying the Toronto Raptors and their entourage from the Exhibition grounds to city hall, where hundreds of thousands of fans lined the streets and filled the square. It was predicted that 2 million people might show up for the Raptors parade, but city officials said that it was likely more than that.

During the ceremony the man they call The King of the North, Kawhi Leonard, joined Mayor John Tory to receive the key to the city.

"I don't believe anyone went into work today," said the 27 year old all-star, and added "Or they got the first few hours of the day off.”

Tory declared Monday ''We The North Day'' in Toronto, after the NBA champions' slogan.

"It's been amazing," said Leonard. "Thank you Toronto, thank you Canada for the support, we did it."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians have shown what this country is made of, “people who believe.”

Toronto police reported three arrests in connection with a shooting during the large victory rally for the Raptors.  The four people who were shot are expected to survive.

Raptors' play-by-play announcer Matt Devlin is credited for calming the massive crowd after the gunfire broke out at a jammed Nathan Phillips Square.

He convinced fans to remain strong and "stay together.'"

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