Heat Parade: Latest Details Surrounding Miami's Celebration
…and there will be another parade down beautiful Biscayne Boulevard! #HEATRepeat— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) June 21, 2013
The Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in Game 7 on Thursday, capping off one of the great comebacks in NBA Finals history to secure the franchise's third championship since 2006. Now, there are only four NBA franchises in history that have won more NBA titles than the Miami Heat.
With the Larry O'Brien trophy in hand, all that's left to do for Miami now is celebrate.
According to the Sun Sentinel's Linda Trischitta, the parade will begin roughly an hour before noon ET on Monday and last about three hours before coming to an end outside AmericanAirlines Arena on Biscayne Boulevard.
Here we'll get you caught up with the latest details surrounding Monday's celebration in South Beach.
Where: Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
When: Monday, June 24 at 11 a.m. ET
Watch: NBA TV
Miami Heat fans should be familiar with the parade route as it will be very similar to last year's.
According to Trischitta, Monday's parade will start at Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest 8th Street before heading east and then north on Brickell Avenue. The parade will then cross the bridge over the Miami River and travel north on Biscayne Boulevard before finishing at AmericanAirlines Arena.
According to ESPN.com, there will be a special event at AmericanAirlines Arena after the parade for Heat season-ticket holders.
Plenty of Heat Expected
It isn't classic Miami weather, but it will have to do. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s for Monday's parade according to Weather.com.
There's a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms as well, but that could change over the weekend. Rain or shine, it should be a humid and breezy day in South Beach.
Backpacks Banned from Event
According to Trischitta, city officials have banned fans from bringing backpacks to Monday's parade.
The following comes from Miami police officer Kenia Reyes (via Trischitta):
We're taking precautionary measures to avoid mishaps. We'll have plain clothes officers there and backpacks are a no no. Anyone with a backpack will not be allowed near the public celebration. They have to be cognizant of public safety. We'll also have plenty of police officers along the route to give assistance.
According to ESPN.com, an estimated 400,000 people attended the Heat's championship parade in 2012. Therefore, you can expect another impressive turnout on Monday.
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