Arch-climbing fans force Raptors to temporarily stop championship parade

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The scene in downtown Toronto was absolutely incredible for the Raptors’ NBA championship parade on Monday. But when you have an estimated 2 million people in one place, there is often someone who will cross a line (and potentially ruin the occasion for others).

Thankfully, it didn’t quite come to that in Toronto. But it was close.

As the massive crowds packed into Nathan Phillips Square, some fans looked to improve their view by climbing the arches. It made for an anxious situation in Toronto because, well, the fans on the arches presented a danger to both themselves and the fans standing below.

This didn’t happen in St. Louis – I can tell you that.

Eventually, the city put a halt to the parade until the fans came down from the arches. According to TSN, an actual announcement was made over the loudspeakers to inform the fans that the parade wouldn’t continue until everyone was on the ground and safe.

Don’t be those fans.

Let’s hope everyone in Toronto had a safe time at the parade.

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