Miami-Dade First Heroes Parade honors frontline workers

By Angel Christopher / staff South Press Independent Newspaper

MIAMI – Sunday morning, Miami-Dade County threw the first annual Hometown Heroes Parade in honor of healthcare workers, first responders, and law enforcement — particularly the vital role they played at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The parade began at 11 a.m. at the InterContinental Miami Hotel near Bayfront Park, proceeded along Biscayne Blvd., and ended at the FTX Arena.

“This important community event helps change the narrative on who our heroes really are,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins.

“Many children idolize athletes or musicians, but we should show them that our frontline workers of policemen, firemen, and nurses are our true heroes.”

The parade featured police, K-9 units, special forces, healthcare workers, marching bands, and more. Additionally, there was a “water parade” to celebrate the marine division and first responders.

At the arena, participants and bystanders were invited to join the Family Fun Fest. The event included a costume contest, food trucks, live music, and more and runs through 6 p.m.

The Hometown Heroes Parade was created by the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners, spearheaded by Cohen Higgins and Vice Chairman Oliver Gilbert.

Together they sponsored a resolution calling for an annual countywide celebration to honor first responders and healthcare workers for their dedicated service prior to, during, and after the pandemic.

“This celebration serves as a way to honor and praise our brave men and women that put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. That’s why I am proud to have brought the legislation to create this event and so grateful for the support of my colleagues and mayor,” said Cohen Higgins.

Family Fun Fest

At 11 a.m., the county hosted a Hometown Heroes Parade and Family Fun Fest, which proceeded from the Intercontinental Hotel to the FTX Arena. The event, which continues until 6 p.m. and offers free activities, food trucks, live music, and more, is encouraged to attendees.

“Everyone in the neighborhood is joining us in expressing gratitude for all that was done since this is so great. The sacrifices that were made by our firemen, police officers, and healthcare professionals each and every day to keep us safe, “Daniella Levine-Cava, the mayor of Miami-Dade, remarked.

The Miami-Dade County Commission’s adoption of a proposal presented by commissioners Oliver Gilbert and Danielle Cohen Higgins gave rise to the event.

“You know, this is quite humiliating. We don’t care much about it; instead, our attention is always on serving and competing. Man, it truly touches the heart to see this affection “Freddy Ramirez, director of the Miami-Dade Police, stated.

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