In light of recent events in Canada, Canadian pride has been through the roof. Taking home the NBA championship, all of Canada gathered round to celebrate the win. Here are some funny and quirky highlights of what happened in Toronto after winning the NBA Championship.
We The North Day
Toronto Mayor John Tory has declared June 17, 2019 the official date to celebrate the Raptors’ first win in the NBA championship. On this date, the team got their own parade where many Torontonians and neighbouring towns people came downtown to show their love and support.
The Toronto Raptors’ get their own street
Just like the Blue Jays, the Raptors finally get a portion of a street named after them at Jurassic Park, along Bremner Blvd. between Lakeshore and York. Although, it has been officially proposed by the Mayor and has been put on maps, the street sign hasn’t officially been put out yet.
It is no secret that Kawhi Leonard has been the darling of the team and all of the city. Helping the team take us to the championship, locals have taken upon themselves to try to keep Kawhi on the team by offering ridiculously good deals such as a lifetime of free dining with local restaurants. Not only has that become a common deal for Kawhi, but a movement has an official name called Ka’wine and Dine where restaurants officially are accredited to offering Kawhi a free meal at their restaurant, which you can find out more about it at their website. Some fans even brought housewarming gifts to Kawhi himself, like the “Plant Guy” who went viral for bringing a fern to an interview for final winning game, telling the reporter that the plant is a housewarming gift for Kawhi to stay in Toronto. Later on, the “Plant Guy” successfully handed over a Kawhi Cactus (or better known as ‘Kawhactus’) to Kawhi in the parade, which was brought to the attention of the people after Drake posted it on his instagram.
As strange some of these events were, Toronto has never been louder and prouder than ever.
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