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Toronto police ready for the parade

Toronto’s cops have been spending the weekend planning for the tremendous crowds that will flood into downtown Monday to celebrate the Raptors’ NBA victory, says police spokesman Allison Sparkes.

She said Sunday they’ve been working with the city, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) and other partners to ensure they have the “necessary police resources in the right places” to maintain public safety.

She said officers will be positioned along the parade route, at the rally and in the crowds.

“The Toronto Police Service has deep special event experience,” she said.

In a few days police will be monitoring a similar-sized crowd at the Gay Pride parade, although their attendance will be to keep the peace only — as they have been banned from marching for the third year in a row.

Sparkes said the vast majority of fans who attended the playoffs at Jurassic Park over the past two months and celebrated on victory night  have done “responsibly and safely” — and they’re expecting the same Monday.

The crowd was raucous but mostly well-behaved on victory night.

However police did respond to a shooting downtown as well as damage to two police cruisers and a TTC bus.

SLevy@postmedia.com

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