Heat fans prepare for pots and pans celebration
MIAMI (WSVN) -- If all pans out, you'll see plenty of pots and pans on the streets of South Florida on Thursday night. Ever wonder where this tradition came from? 7's Eugene Ramirez takes a look and shows you how to join the noise.
Let's get ready to rumba! That's right! When the Heat win, fans hit the pans from the tailgate to the sidewalk and even through the sunroof. "I think it just let's people sound out. Let them be heard," said a Heat fan.
We hear you loud and clear! But pots and pans on parade weren't always for celebration. Living history: making a coffee run at Miami's historic Versailles restaurant is setting the record straight.
This Cuban exile says it originated as a hunger protest in the 1960s. The same scene played out in Chile in the 1980s. "It is because of hunger," said a Cuban exile, speaking through a translator.
"All the ladies, the housewives went out to the street making noises with the pans because they got no food," said Manuel Machado.
But the only hunger these pavement percussionists have is for a Heat championship, and they can already taste the trophy. Wanna play? Get in gear! Someone at Abuela's favorite grocer, Sedanos, can coach you! "That's for arroz con frijoles," said a Sedanos' employee.
Rice and beans? Nah! The deeper the pot, the bigger the bass! Shallow pot? Uh, you get the picture. Put them together and... "Let's go Heat!" Can't forget the vocals and put your lids to good use as cymbals.
There's no method to this madness. You can even use your hands! So grab everything but the kitchen sink and spread the Heat on the street. "You going to Hialeah and 49th? Make some noise with the caldero and everything," said the Sedanos' employee.
From Hialeah to Westchester and don't forget little Havana! "Un besote grandotote a LeBron!" said another Sedanos' employee.
That's a big kiss for you #6! It's a banging good time!
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