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NBA Finals 2019: Ahead of Raptors championship parade, Toronto Mayor John Tory proclaims June 17 as 'We The North Day'

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Mayor Tory cheered alongside fans at Jurassic Park (Getty Images)

June 13 will live in history as the day the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title. Now, June 17 joins that historic day as another momentous date on the calendar of Raptors fans.

In addition to the Raptors championship parade scheduled to last nearly four hours throughout the city of Toronto on June 17, the city's Mayor, John Tory, took to Twitter to share a proclamation that the date will now be known as "We The North Day", an ode to the Raptors rallying cry that exemplifies the pride of the entire nation of Canada.

In the statement, Mayor Tory shared that "Today, on We The North Day, as we gather to celebrate the first NBA championship in Raptors' history, I encourage everyone in our city to show our support, pride, love, and appreciation for this incredible team." Tory was one of the biggest supporters of the Raptors during their run, as he spent time cheering and celebrating with fans in Jurassic Park.

Monday caps off a historic championship run in which the Raptors became the first-ever team outside of the United States to win an NBA championship, meaning that it will be "the first time that the Larry O'Brien trophy will come north of the border to Canada."

The Raptors' championship parade is sure to be one of epic proportions with fans across the nation set to celebrate the team it rallied behind to support. Mayor Tory's proclamation ensures that June 17 will always be a day linked to one of the biggest sports moments in Canadian history.

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