More than a million strong packed into Toronto's downtown core for a massive party almost a quarter-century in the making.
Toronto Police confirmed an incident, tweeting: "SHOOTING: Nathan Phillip's Square, Reports of woman shot, People running from area, Police/EMS are on scene, Unknown what the injuries are". Two suspects were arrested and firearms recovered, police said.
Security during the parade and rally was tight around the team, Ross said, noting that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other high-profile guests such as Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory were all on stage when the shooting occurred. Saunders said he could not speak to reports that people were trampled, but he resisted the suggestion that a stampede broke out after shots were fired. "They remained in place, and speeches resumed shortly after", the authorities made an emergency announcement asking for calm while they resolved the situation.
"I hope those responsible will be held to account to the full extent that the law permits", he said.
Mr Tory previously urged every city resident to come to celebrate the Raptors' first championship and declared Monday as "We The North Day", after the franchise's slogan. The biggest logistical challenge, he said, was the estimated two million fans who turned out - about a million of which were gathered at the rally outside city hall.
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As they walked away, a man from the Proud Boys group said, "We're just Americans". In the high-80s heat, some women wore "Make American Great Again" bathing suits.
For several people, the parade marked a historic moment.
Many others chose to miss school or work. One attendee told the media that his boss let him attend the parade after begrudgingly telling him that there was really nothing the company could do if he called in sick. Fans were seen carrying signs imploring Leonard to re-sign with the Raptors.
"It's been incredible, " Leonard said.
Kawhi Leonard thanks the crowd at Nathan Phillips Square for welcoming him to Canada with open arms. He has relentlessly fended off questions about his intentions as a free agent, saying he was focused on winning the championship.
If you missed out on the celebration or if you just want to relive all of the magic, we've got a 50-minute video recap for you right here.
"This is unbelievable", he said.