Drake chugged a can of beer that was tossed to him, did interviews, and signed merch alongside the Toronto Raptors victory parade route Monday, however when the NBA champions arrived at Nathan Phillips Sq. hours later — the procession’s ultimate vacation spot, the place an estimated million individuals had gathered on the grounds and outskirts —  the staff’s international ambassador let the gamers, coaches and execs take the highlight for many of the onstage ceremony.

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After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mayor John Tory, Raptors president Masai Ujiri and others spoke, Drake capped the celebration, calling the 2019 Larry O’Brien Trophy winners “a gifted, relentless group of men that put all of it on the road and sacrifice every thing for each one among y’all this yr.”

“I would like you to know that these moments are few and much between,” stated Drake, decked out in an OVO “greatest on the earth” jacket adorned together with his owl emblem, Canadian flag, trophy and yr, and carrying a backwards “championship” ballcap.

“Right this moment, I do know you’ll get in your cellphone and also you’ll take a look at your footage and also you’ll take a look at the clips on-line, no matter retailers publish, however proper now, that is what I would like you to do,” stated the rapper. “That is what I do at exhibits which might be actually essential. And this is likely one of the most essential moments I’ve ever been on stage (for) in my life,” he added, drawing out his request.

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“So that is what I would like you to do. I would like you to show to any individual that you just don’t know and I would like you to offer them a hug. I would like you to inform them ‘Congratulations, as a result of we’re from the best metropolis on the earth and we’re the NBA 2019 champions of the world.’ Makes some noise for the Toronto Raptors. Give any individual a hug in the present day.”

The digicam then caught precisely that, the group of 1000’s turning to 1 one other to offer them a hug; even some Raptors joined in. It was perhaps a reasonably hippie factor to ask of people that had waited within the sizzling solar for hours, with little entry to water and amenities, nevertheless it is Canada.

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“That’s what I prefer to see. I prefer to see all that love,” Drake stated, earlier than asking for yet one more spherical of noise for the Raptors and workers. (Few had been conscious {that a} capturing had taken place on the rear of the group, which despatched followers scattering and landed two in hospital with non-life-threatening accidents.)

Then he went in for the plug: “I hope that every one these guys will be part of me this yr as a result of we’re bringing OVO Fest again, so I hope we are able to all go loopy.”

Earlier on the parade route, one other estimated million individuals lined the streets because the parade started on the Exhibition Place grounds, then wound very slowly to Nathan Phillips Sq. and Metropolis Corridor.

The Raptors, together with their family and friends, rode in open-air double decker buses; Drake had a float; super-fan/parade marshal Nav Bhatia made the journey in a golf cart; and Masai Ujiri and head coach Nick Nurse greeted followers from convertibles.

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“This metropolis is flooded proper now. You’ll be able to’t even describe this,” Drake instructed one interviewer in a clip broadcast on the enormous video screens at Nathan Phillips Sq., as the group patiently awaiting their arrival.

“I attempt my hardest in the case of music, however like I’ve stated, in my very own songs earlier than, we don’t have any definitive award that allows you to know that you just achieved the aim that you just got down to obtain,” stated Drake, who’s had his well-known points with music awards exhibits up to now. “Sports activities is totally different.

“That is what our metropolis is about. It’s loopy. I simply had any individual toss stuff up right here and I signed it and [as the float kept moving] now he was so distant I threw it to any individual else they usually walked it again to him. And that is a testomony to our metropolis. That’s what we’re about.”

 

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