Heat celebration parade today
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The stage is set and the barricades are up, as Heat players and fans count down to a celebration in the street.
The parade of champions is almost here after an around-the-clock celebration throughout the weekend for the players and many of their fans.
It has all lead up to Monday's big event, as Downtown Miami is expected to see the biggest party in celebration of the Miami Heat's NBA championship win last week against the Oklahoma City Thunder. "I just wanna be ready for the parade," said Heat fan Paul Stampahar, who showed up just after dawn for a prime view of the parade. "I got championship fever. I can feel it. It's going around, and I can definitely feel it, and I can't wait."
Despite the overcast weather, the parade will take place rain or shine. It begins at 11 a.m., on the corner of Southwest Eighth Street and Second Avenue. It will head east on Eighth Street, then north on Brickell Avenue across the bridge, and north on Biscayne Boulevard, into the AmericanAirlines Arena, via Northeast Eighth Street.
Several Heat fans got up bright and early Monday morning to make sure they get a good spot on the parade route. "We are from Pembroke Pines, and we got up at a quarter after three just to be here," said one Heat fan.
Biscayne Boulevard is expected to close at 10:30 a.m. Officials are asking commuters and parade spectators to both prepare ahead of time. "What we're asking of people that are going to be going to the Brickell and downtown area is to arm themselves with patience," Miami Police Officer Kenia Reyes said. "As always we suggest the people visiting the downtown and Brickell area to go ahead and take the public transportation. It's just such a much easier way to get in and out of the area."
Doors at the AAA will open for ticket season holders at 9 a.m. and close at 10:30 a.m. The season ticket holders will be able to watch the parade inside the arena. Then, at 12:30 p.m., the parade will end, and there will be a private celebration inside the AAA.
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