LeBron James and company knocked off the San Antonio Spurs in thrilling fashion on Thursday to secure their second title in as many years and the franchise's third crown since 2006. The victory capped off one of the all-time great comebacks in NBA Finals history as Miami fought back from five points downs with under 30 seconds remaining in Game 6 on Tuesday to force a do-or-die Game 7.
Miami has now cemented itself as one of the all-time great NBA franchises, with only four others having won more championships since the dawning of the league in 1946.
Now, for the second time in the last year, the Heat will parade through the streets of downtown Miami with the Larry O'Brien trophy in hand.
Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know for Monday's celebration.
Where: Downtown Miami
When: Monday, June 24 at 11 a.m. ET
Watch: NBA TV
According to the Sun Sentinel's Linda Trischitta, Monday's parade route will begin at Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest 8th Street around 11 a.m. ET and then head east before turning north onto Brickell Avenue. The parade will then make its way towards AmericanAirlines Arena, crossing the Miami River in the process.
The parade will travel along Biscayne Boulevard until it comes to an end at the team's arena sometime in the afternoon.
According to ESPN.com, there will be a special event held for Heat season-ticket holders at AmericanAirlines Arena following the parade Monday afternoon.
Expect Some Heat
The celebration will likely go on Monday rain or shine, but one thing that Heat fans can be certain of is that it will be warm on Monday afternoon in South Beach.
According to the forecast from Weather.com, temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s on Monday, with a 30 percent chance for isolated thunderstorms.
Fans and people attending can also anticipate some strong humidity and the usual ocean breeze.
According to Trischitta, city officials have banned people from bringing backpacks to Monday's parade, and those with backpacks will be asked to move away from the public celebration.
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.
There were an estimated 400,000 fans who took part in 2012's championship celebration in downtown South Beach according to ESPN.com. Therefore, those expecting to attend on Monday can expect plenty of foot traffic and should look to get a good spot early in the day.
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