The family event paid tribute to healthcare professionals, first responders, and law enforcement for their service to the community
Miami-Dade hosted its first-ever Hometown Heroes parade on Sunday, October 30, to honor and celebrate the unsung heroes of the county who put their lives on the line every day to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Honoring the unsung heroes as a community
County Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins sponsored the parade’s resolution to recognize and honor the sacrifice made by healthcare workers, law enforcement, and first responders in a way that the community can be a part of as well.
Speaking to the press, Mayor Daniella Levin Cava said that the Heroes Parade was meant to show the community’s support for local heroes who have always put Miami-Dade first, especially during the pandemic when most people were vulnerable.
“Let’s not forget the sacrifices these brave men and women make on our behalf every day,” said Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz.
The event has become even more significant after two law enforcement officers were killed in August while on duty, and will pay tribute to them.
Detective Caesar Echy Echaverry, 29, died on August 23 after he was shot while chasing a suspected robber. Special agent Jose Perez, 55, died after a drunk driver crashed into his vehicle.
The Parade Schedule
The Hometown Heroes parade was at 11 a.m. on October 30, followed by a family fun fest from noon to 7 p.m.
The parade started at Intercontinental Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard and will be at FTX Arena, Parcel B. It included marching bands, healthcare professionals, police officers, elected officials, and more.
After the parade, there were waterfront parades on Biscayne Bay featuring vessels with water-spraying features, a fly board aerialist, and Jet Ski aerialists to honor and celebrate the U.S Coast Guard, healthcare workers, police, and the fire departments.
When the parade was over, an interactive family fun fest was held at FTX Arena’s Parcel B with activities, food trucks, art displays, live performances, etc.
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