Street closings for the parade begin at 9 a.m., including Southwest Eighth Street near downtown. The streets will remain closed until the end of the parade, which is expected to be around 12:30 p.m.
Officials are urging out-of-towners to use public transportation. Fans coming from the north can take the 595 Express public bus, which departs at 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. from the BB&T Center in Sunrise and travels to Brickell Plaza along the parade route. Tri-Rail, which runs from Fort Lauderdale to 79th Street, is adding a southbound train to its regular schedule. Those who take Tri-Rail should get off at the 79th Street transfer station and take Metrorail and Metromover downtown.
Furthermore, PortMiami will stop inbound and outbound traffic from 11:15 a.m. to noon to allow for the passage of the parade caravan.
Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes during the parade. Police will be stationed along the route for assistance.
At the parade
People planning to watch the parade should arrive a few hours early to secure a viewing spot. Last year, tens of thousands of people lined up along the parade route to catch a glimpse of their favorite Heat players.
Barricades will be placed along the side of the streets of the parade route. People can bring chairs to watch the parade from, but spots along the barricade fill up early.
No backpacks or babybags of any kind will be allowed at the parade, according to Miami police, a reflection of the Boston Marathon bombings. People with bags will be asked to leave or to secure them in their cars.
Miami Fire Rescue will have six hydration stations located along the parade route where water will be provided to attendees. There will be two paramedics at each station. There will also be 16 paramedics patrolling the parade route, and eight transport teams positioned along the route in case anyone needs first-aid attention.
Miami Fire Rescue advises that people bring their own water, sunblock and anything they might need for their children.
Who will be in the parade?
In addition to the players, coaches, owners and Miami Heat staff, the Heat Experience, including mascot and dancers, will participate in the parade. Local political dignitaries are also expected.
There will be no celebration outside of the arena once the parade ends. Miami Police will clear the area immediately after the parade. Only season ticket holders and people with tickets for the rally will be allowed inside the arena.
The rally inside the AAA is open only to season ticketholders.
For those with tickets, doors to the AAA will open at 9 a.m. Anyone attending must be on AAA property by 10:30 a.m. or they will not be allowed in, the team said. The rally is expected to begin after the players arrive at 12:30 p.m. and will end at 2 p.m. There will be no parking at the arena.
The days festivities will be carried on Sun Sports beginning at 10 a.m. and can be seen online at MiamiHerald.com, FoxSportsFlorida.com and on HEAT.com.
Miami Herald staff writer Adam Beasley contributed to this report.