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Hundreds of Thousands Gather for Miami Heat Parade

Fans stormed downtown Miami Thursday, despite traffic and rain, to celebrate the Heat's Championship win.



    (Published Monday, June 24, 2013)

    Hundreds of thousands of fans braved miles of traffic and spotty weather to celebrate their team's second straight NBA Championship win.

    The crowd gathered in downtown Miami Thursday, waving signs and making noise for the Miami Heat victory parade.

    Fans arrived as early as 4:30 a.m. to get a good spot. Some even got there the night before.

    One fan from Cutler Bay booked a room at a nearby hotel to make sure her family could get a good spot.

    "We booked our hotel at the Hyatt," said a fan named Renee. "We came up last night so we could enjoy the parade this morning."

    Those who didn't get there as early waited through miles of traffic getting into downtown.

    "It was well worth it, I'm here to support the Miami Heat. Go Heat!" said a Kendall man was in traffic for two hours.

    A brief shower delayed the parade for 30 minutes, but fans remained rooted to their spots to catch the action.

    For them, it was all about seeing their favorite players and congratulating them on their win.

    "I’m most excited to see LeBron James and Dwyane Wade," one young fan said.

    Others took pride in being Heat fans from the very beginning.

    "We're definitely not bandwagon fans. We've been Heat fans since day one and we love them," said one fan. "We're so proud of them."

    And most were already looking forward to the next Championship win.

    “We are always going to win, now it’s going to be 2014 champs," a young boy said. “We need to work hard and play hard and have skills to win 2014.”

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