Heat players are out atop buses, now that the parade is on.
Rain on Your Parade, 11 a.m.
A downpour over downtown Miami is expected to delay the Miami Heat championship parade for about a half-hour, according to a Miami police spokeswoman.
Some fans ran for cover under Marina Blue, where a security guard tried in vain to eject them.
But the weather didnt bother Rachel Warren, 31.
As the rain came down at 10:30 a.m. she stood in a bikini under her Heat t-shirt in her front row spot with friends Jennifer Dantzler, 28, and Heather Parnther, 30.
Let it rain, she said.
A Heat fan since 1988, Warren said nothing could deter her from seeing the players ride by.
Its something everyone in Miami can agree one for once, she said.
-CHABELI HERRERA and DANIEL DUCASSI
Inside the Arena, 10:30 a.m.
Rain began to fall about 10:30 a.m. in downtown, and crowds ran for cover under anything resembling an overhang.
Inside the arena, the crowd was not the usual lower bowl, high heel, short skirt group. T-shirts and shorts were preferred for this celebration.
Miami Jackson Senior High teacher Pruchelle Revell jumped into the middle of a group of Spandex-clad Party City cheerleaders. The 27-year veteran schoolteacher looked as limber as LeBron, doing a split while everyone cheered around her.
A Heat season ticket holder, she loves the team mentality of the Heat.
Im a teacher, so I know it takes a team effort to succeed. No one can do it alone.
Upstairs, the 400 level, so rowdy during games, was quiet.
Jennifer Chambless of Kendall her sons Manny and Joseph and niece Maria Amat shared a peaceful, early lunch. All these days later, theyre talking about Ray Allens big three-pointer to save game 6.
I was pacing around the house, she said. I couldnt watch. I had to walk out of the room. I saw it on replay.
Getting the Party Started, 10:15 a.m.
Mikey Soto hopped on the Metromover to get to the Heats victory parade Monday, which was better than braving traffic.
The wobbly ride two stories above the street didnt sit so well with the alcohol in his belly, a mixture of vodka and Gatorade.
Yeah, its only 9:30, but weve been drinking since 8, said Soto, an FIU student. The metro does make me kind of nauseous.
Around Soto, fans dressed in jerseys, championships hats and wigs jam-packed Metromover cars and then emptied out at the Bayfront park station.
Out on the street, Gerald Laguerre held up a sign that read, Welcome to the Tim Duncan retirement party, a reference to the aging superstar big man on the runner-up San Antonio Spurs.
The partys right here, right now, Laguerre said.
Yes, South Florida was feeling cocky Monday.
Said Stephen Katopodias, 19: If you live in South Florida and youre not a Heat fan, youre a scrub.
-SAM ABASSI and DANIEL DUCASSI
Parade Route Packed, 9:45 a.m.
If you havent claimed your spot yet along the Miami Heat championship parade rout yet, good luck.
Highway traffic is jammed, and it doesnt get any better in downtown Miami, where police have shut off intersections to prepare for the teams victory lap.
Theres so many people here its incredible, said Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes. A lot of people want to make it downtown and theyve got to remember theres a big parade route.