The commute into downtown Miami from the Golden Glades stood at about an hour, according to Traffic.com, and the roads in the city werent any better. Parking in some spots cost as much as $50.
Some beat the traffic Monday morning by riding the Metrorail.
Carlos Hernandez, from Coral gables, woke his family before dawn this morning to make it to downtown on time. He said they caught the Metrorail from the Douglas Road station, but had to deal with delays.
It definitely beats driving all the way down, looking and paying a crazy number for parking and then getting out of insane traffic, Hernandez said. But man, these delays are killing me.
Over at Southeast Seventh Street, twins Adrian and Justin Pedron, 12, attended the parade with their dad, Ruben Pedron, 50, to see Lebron James and Dwyane Wade.
With a white cardboard sign that reads champions, Pedron, a commercial real estate manager at Suntrust, said they attended last years parade and that they learned from it.
We woke up at 6:30 a.m. today and arrived at 8, said Pedron, of Brickell. The boys skipped summer camp today. We are going to use today as a vacation.
-SAM ABASSI and DAVID SMILEY
Rise and Shine, Miami, 8:45 a.m.
Dont sleep on the Heat, Miami.
Not the team, nor the temperature. And certainly not on the traffic.
Fans of the back-to-back championship team began lining up along the victory parade route before dawn, some as early as 5 a.m., perhaps learning their lesson from last year when many missed the parade by arriving late. Early risers will get prime seats along the victory parade route that starts at 11 a.m. at Southwest Eighth Street and ends in front of the American Airlines Arena.
Many came by Metrorail and county bus, others by car.
But if youre driving, hurry up. Police will close off downtown traffic at about 9 a.m, although accounts on Twitter suggest traffic and parking were already a huge headache by 8:30 a.m.
Also, dont forget to stuff your pockets with water bottles and sunblock, and maybe an umbrella. Police have banned backpacks from the parade route, but temperatures are expected to reach into the upper 80s with chance of rain.
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 last 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.
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. The Metrorail costs $2 per person per ride.