Toronto FC victory parade, fan rally to take over downtown today

Toronto FC celebrated its weekend Major League Soccer Cup win over the Seattle Sounders with a downtown parade and rally with thousands of fans on Monday.

The parade began at Maple Leaf Square, outside the Air Canada Centre, at 11:45 a.m. The squad was then whisked along the parade route in double decker buses, accompanied by several groups of fans who made the trip by foot to Nathan Phillips Square. 

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Toronto FC’s championship parade route through downtown Toronto. (Toronto FC)

Thousands of fans packed into the square to hear from the mayor, the team’s most prominent supporters and club players. 

On Sunday, Tory announced that Monday would be “Reds Day” in Toronto, with residents encouraged to wear FC’s colours.

“No team is more deserving,” he said in a statement on Twitter. “This is the perfect ending to a historic season.”

Toronto FC defeated Seattle 2-0 in an exhilarating win some 11 years in the making. 

Drivers and transit riders should be aware that the downtown parade means road closures. The route is as follows:

  • Kicks off at Maple Leaf Square.
  • West on Bremner Boulevard.
  • North on York Street.
  • East on Front Street.
  • North on Bay Street.
  • West on Queen Street to Nathan Phillips Square.
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Toronto FC player Sebastian Giovinco jumps on Jonathan Osorio after defeating the Seattle Sounders to win the MLS Cup in Toronto on Saturday. (Mark Blinch/Canadian Press)

Road closures began this morning and will be in place until 12:30 p.m. The following roads will be closed, according to the city:

  • Bremner Boulevard closed from York Street to Lake Shore Boulevard.
  • York Street closed from Bremner Boulevard to Front Street West.
  • Front Street W. closed from York Street to Bay Street.
  • Bay Street closed from Front Street West to Queen Street West.
  • Queen Street West closed from Bay Street to York Street.

The TTC’s 6 Bay bus will be diverting around the parade, as well as the 121 Fort York-Esplanade and 501 Queen.

Riders should expect significant delays on the 504 King and 514 Cherry streetcars.

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