Insane is an understatement to describe yesterday’s Championship parade for the Toronto Raptors. You can check my vlog above for a recap but also see the view from a fan.
It was packed throughout the heart of the city, estimated 2 million but trust me, it felt like more. I went with my instinct to go straight to the entrance of the parade, the Princes’ Gate, located at the Exhibition Place. It was a smart move because Nathan Phillips Square was a disaster. It was also very unfortunate and disappointing that there was violence at the square and such trauma endured, especially for the children. It was unfortunate, and hopefully, that won’t happen again for future parades because yesterday was historic and supposed to be a joyous day.
It was such a long day and the parade definitely got delayed. What was supposed to be from 10am to 1:30pm, ended up finishing up at 4:30pm. There were a lot of different floats, vehicles and such but it was mainly because there was just a massive crowd to control.
The Fit Break Down
For what turned out to be a full working day, I am glad I went with a pretty lowkey, comfortable, but solid fit.
I thought the Thursday morning of Game 1 NBA Finals was absolute pandemonium until the Friday after Toronto Raptors historic Game 6 win. With the Toronto Raptors earning their first ever NBA Championship the city was on all-time frenzy celebrating the victory throughout the streets of downtown Toronto, but also through buying as much championship merchandise they can buy. The line at Lids and Real Sports opened up at 8am but it was busy throughout the day. It was nearly impossible to get finals gear. I was hoping to score some in the afternoon to see if the crowd got smaller and the stores got a restock or new shipment but it was more of the same. Thankfully, it was busy because then on a limb I went to SVP Sports and came across this solid tee.
This fanatics branded tee was such a great pickup because it has a clean front with the Raptors’ colours but at the back, it features all the players on our roster with their names and numbers. The best detail is the Larry O’Brien trophy in the background. It was such a good cop because I didn’t see anyone else rock it at the parade. Also, it was $5 cheaper than at Real Sports.
Place of Purchase: SVP Sports, you can also cop at Real Sports if SVP doesn’t have it in store.
Price: $39.99 CAD
This hat was also very hard to purchase, but luckily I did manage to get it ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Like I mentioned in the last #TFBD, this hat was also a hard find. It restocked a lot but after the championship win, people started to buy out these too if they couldn’t get their hands on more raptors gear. Something I wish I knew before going to Game 2 was that Lids does offer embroidery of any Toronto Raptors player’s signature and number. This Kawhi signature was such a nice touch to an iconic hat and I strongly suggest you get the Lids membership card to save at least 20%. Trust me it does help and the card is only $6/year.
Place of Purchase: Foot Locker (In-Store).
Price: $44.99 CAD, Embroidery $11 CAD
When it came to the kicks I wanted to wear something that wasn’t featured before but it had to go with the hat and tee, but most importantly be comfortable. Luckily, I had this special pair of marquee boost by Adidas. What makes this shoe special is that it is a collaboration between Adidas and Marvel, as it was released on April 26th, 2019, the date Avengers: Endgame officially released. My unboxing video for this has been on hold but it might see the light of day soon.
There are a lot of beautiful details to this sneaker, including the packaging but main reason why I decided to break this out was because the colour scheme aligned with the hat and complimented the tee but also because this sneaker features boost technology which came in clutch for the hours I was standing and walking. Trust me, I did a lot of that.
Place of Purchase: Foot Locker (Online).
Price: $210 CAD, but honestly I should’ve just waited for these to go on sale.
Speaking of comfort, something you have seen before is my go-to jeans for comfort.
Place of Purchase: Bluenotes (In-Store).
Price: I believe these were BOGO 50% but should be $29.99 to $39.99 CAD
I went with these socks because it symbolized the big gamble and risk the greatest President and GM in basketball history (in my opinion) took.
Place of Purchase:
Price: $10 CAD