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What's the story behind this Miami tradition?

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    Anytime a South Florida sports team wins big, you can always count on the Miami fans to celebrate loud and proud with pots and pans in hand, but where does this noisy tradition come from? (Published Thursday, Jun 9, 2011)

    Even with the Heat locked in a 2-2 tie with the Dallas Mavericks, Heat fans are confident they'll soon be crowned champions. So confident, they keep telling us about their very specific plans for celebrating.

    "Pots and pans, Hialeah, Bird Road, 8th street, here we come!" said one rabid fan.

    "I remember in 2006, going to La Carreta, and I'm looking forward to going back with my pot and pan!" said another.

    All this pots and pans talk got us wondering...what's the story behind this Miami tradition?

    So, NBC Miami went to La Carreta on Bird Road in Westchester, one of several Miami celebration sites, to find out.

    "I don't know how it started," said Jose Madrigal, who was there when the Heat won in '06, "but we've been doing it ever since I remember."

    "Everybody goes nuts," said Eddie Fleitas. "They get pots and pans from their house and you can hear 'em up and down the street."

    But why pots and pans?

    "I think it's just a Hispanic thing," Madrigal said. "It's a cheap way to make noise."

    "Everybody has pots and pans in their house and my kids love it," said Fleitas.

    The Heat aren't the only thing that can trigger a street celebration with pots and pans. Similar scenes broke out when the Florida Marlins won the World Series and when Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother Raul.