2012 Miami Heat NBA Championship Parade

Raul Flores, Director of Gables Live!

Downtown Miami was the epicenter for the celebration of the Miami Heat’s 2nd NBA championship. The whole city of Miami came together to cheer the great accomplishment of the Miami Heat Franchise on June 25th and anxiously waited for the arrival of the players showcasing the Larry O’Brien trophy. From early morning, families from different parts of the city gathered from Brickell to the famous American Airlines Arena where they set their chairs and umbrellas for a day filled with celebration and excitement. An approximate 400,000 people filled the streets of Biscayne boulevard, and another 15,000 more were let into the AAA for a loud and well-celebrated reception for the new NBA Champs.

The recently crowned kings departed from the AAA towards Calle Ocho, the start if the expected celebration, carrying the so awaited trophy. It was about forty-five minutes until the citizens were able to interact with the Miami Heat players and staff. Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat forward and one of the “Big 3”, lead the cruising of the parade next to the rookie Dexter Pittman, followed by point-guard Mario Chalmers and 3-point star Mike Miller. The crowd roused when the two times NBA champion and finals MVP (2006) carried the shiny golden Larry O’Brien trophy at the corner of the bus parade.

Throughout the parade, chants of “Let’s Go Heat” would turn on and off as cameras and phones popped out in the air to snapshot the team. Miami Heat owner Micky Arison also joined President Patt Riley and Head Coach Erik Spoelstra as they and their families celebrated their team’s success. Last, but not least, the 3 time NBA MVP, finals MVP, and now NBA Champion, Lebron James, rode in the back of the bus and waved to all the Heat fans. Franticly, the people would wave back as the chant of “MVP” would rise and fill the streets of Biscayne Boulevard. It was a great moment for the citizens of Miami and each individual player as the long promise of another trophy hit the streets.