Its parade time.
Before you head out Monday morning to celebrate the Miami Heat with a parade that ends in front of AmericanAirlines Arena, heres a guide to help you navigate among the thousands expected to line the parade route.
The Heats victory march will wrap through downtown Miami and culminate at AmericanAirlines Arena with an invite-only victory rally. Only season-ticket holders will be granted entry into the arena.
This is not the time to be fashionably late. Many missed the parade last year by arriving late.
The procession will begin at 11 a.m. at the corner of Southwest Eighth Street and Second Avenue, head east on Eighth, then north on Brickell Avenue, across the bridge and north on Biscayne Boulevard to the arena. The parade is expected to run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. before heading into the arena.
For those who are not bringing their cars, Miami-Dade Transit has increased Metrorail service during the parade.
The Metrorail will run every five minutes to all stations near the arena.
The closest Metrorail stations are at Government Center, Brickell and Overtown Transit Village. Overtown Transit Village is the closest stop to the arena. Metrorail costs $2 per person per ride.
Express Pay lanes will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Attendants will be collecting exact change. No change will be provided. People with EASY Cards and EASY Tickets can use them. The trains can be tracked at miamidade.gov/transit. Train arrival information is also available at Metrorail stations.
Metromover, free for all riders, will run with additional cars during the parade. To reach the parade route, passengers can exit at Brickell, Eighth Street, Fifth Street, Bayfront Park and College/Bayside stations. Park West and Freedom Tower stations are the closest to the arena.
Some Metrobus routes will be detoured due to road closures in the downtown Miami and Brickell areas for the parade. Those routes include 3, 6, 8, 11, 24, 48, 77, 207, 208, C and S.
For more information on the enhanced Metrorail and Metromover service, or on the Metrobus routes being detoured, call 305-891-3131 from 7 a.m. Monday. Riders can also download the free iPhone app Miami-Dade Transit Tracker to help plan.
For those traveling by car, free parking is available at Park and Ride lots. For a complete list of Park and Ride and Metrorail lots, visit miamidade.gov/transit.
Here is a list of nearby city of Miami parking garages. For rates, go to miamiparking.com
• Courthouse Garage, 40 NW Third St., (between Northwest First Avenue and North Miami Avenue), closest Metromover Station: Government Center
• Cultural Center Garage, 90 SW First St. (at Southwest First Avenue), closest Metromover Station: Miami Avenue
• College Station Garage, 190 NE Third St. (at NE Second Avenue), closest Metromover Station: College / Bayside
• Convention Center Garage, 100 SE Second St. (Bank of America Building), closest Metromover Station: Knight Center
Parking is also available at several Metrorail stations. Parking costs $4 for the day and can be paid for at the express pay lanes with Metrorail fare. MDT suggests that people attending the parade park at the following Metrorail stations: South Miami, 5949 Sunset Dr., South Miami; Okeechobee, 2005 W. Okeechobee Rd., Hialeah; or Douglas Road, 111 Ruiz Ave., Coral Gables.