Miami Heat Championship Parade: Where to Celebrate on Monday
The Heat won. The Spurs lost. The city breathed a sigh of relief. The fans filled the streets. And then it was over.
At least for a little while.
The Miami Heat party might be on hiatus over the weekend, but it'll pick up in full force Monday when the white-hot team takes to the streets in a celebratory championship parade. Here's everything you need to know.
When: The Miami Herald reports the parade is expected to take place Monday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: The AP reports the route will be the same as the parade last year. (Why mess with a good thing?)
Things will kick off at the corner of SE Eighth Street and Second Avenue, heading east. Then it'll continue north on Brickell Avenue, over the bridge, and north on Biscayne Boulevard, all the way to the arena.
How to get there: Metrorail and Metromover services have both been beefed up to shuttle maximum people to the parade route car-free. Metrorail will run every five minutes to the stops near the arena, including Government Center, Brickell, and Overtown Transit Village. Metromover stations near the arena include Park West and Freedom Tower. Visit the Miami Dade Transit website for more information.
If you're driving: If you plan to drive to the parade, let's be honest -- you should probably already be on your way there. Street closings begin at 9 a.m. Monday.
Leave your bags at home: In the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon earlier this year, officials are not allowing backpacks or any kind of large bags at the parade. Anyone carrying a backpack will be asked to leave the event or to stash the bag somewhere away from the festivities.
What's next: Like last year, there will be a parade-ending rally indoors at the American Airlines Arena -- but you'll need tickets to attend. Ticket information isn't yet posted at aaarena.com, and the folks at the arena appear to be too partied out to answer phone calls, but we'll update this post as soon as we have ticket prices and purchase information.
UPDATE: The Miami Herald reports the rally is open only to season ticketholders. Attendees must arrive by 10:30 a.m. The players are expected to arrive at 12:30 p.m., and the rally will last until 2 p.m.
In the meantime, you can use this weekend to wash that "lucky" jersey you've been too nervous to launder until now, get your pots and pans ready, and practice your most convincing "I'm too sick to go to work today, boss" voice. Because on Monday, the Kings shall rise again.
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